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Daily Sentinel/ Colorado business groups support EPA’s proposed change to Obama-era rule

Business groups in Colorado support a proposed change to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

The EPA and the Department of the Army at the end of last year proposed changing the definition of “waters of the United States” – known as WOTUS – in order to clarify the federal government authority under the Clean Water Act.

Leah Curtsinger, director of federal policy for the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement that the proposed new definition gives clarity for stakeholders.

“For businesses, farmers and ranchers, for those investing in our roads and building homes, and for our state’s energy developers and manufacturers, we applaud the proposed definition’s intent to simplify WOTUS,” she said. “We support the agencies’ goal of ensuring an average person can comprehend the rule’s intent and limits, without having to devote much-needed resources to expensive legal counsel, engineers, or duplicative permits and studies for every project undertaken. Our members often share that every dollar going toward regulation compliance is a dollar not spent on employees, research, product development, maintenance or equipment.”