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Environmental groups concerned about looming water rule fight in Senate
Environmental groups concerned about looming water rule fight in Senate

WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates say a spending bill set for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee could reopen a fight over whether the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate pollution entering small headwater streams that feed into larger bodies of water, including the Chesapeake Bay. The Obama administration proposed regulations in March that would allow the EPA to enforce Clean Water Act provisions on nearly two million miles of streams nationally that are tied to larger waterways -- a response to Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006 that made that authority unclear. Republicans and some Democrats have voiced concerns about the proposal, including Sen. John...

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