Senator Pat Toomey pushes EPA on water rule

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 4, 2014 2:39 AM

(Washington) -- Industry groups and more than a dozen GOP senators are urging the Obama administration to reconsider its plan to assert regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands.

They say the proposed rule hurts economic activity and oversteps legal bounds.

Senators are faulting the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing a proposed rule before the government's peer-reviewed scientific assessment was complete.

Pennsylvania's junior U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and other lawmakers have sent a letter to EPA chief Gina McCarthy,  calling on the government to withdraw the proposed regulation or give the public more time to review the plan.

Several groups, from farmers to Western governors worried about drought management,  in expressing concern about a long-running environmental issue.

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