On June 9, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of the Army (hereafter, “the agencies”) announced their intent to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act through two rulemakings—first, a foundational rule that will propose to restore longstanding protections, and a second rulemaking process that builds on that regulatory foundation. On July 30, 2021, the agencies announced stakeholder engagement opportunities, including the agencies’ intent to host ten regionally focused roundtables. EPA and Army are announcing a process for stakeholders to submit nomination letters to the agencies to potentially be selected for one of these ten geographically focused roundtables. Each roundtable should include diverse perspectives and highlight the experience of individual participants with the definition of “waters of the United States.” The agencies intend to livestream each roundtable to make them available for public viewing.
Nomination letters for the roundtables must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on November 3, 2021. EPA anticipates that roundtables will be held in December 2021 and potentially January 2022. Specific dates will be coordinated with selected nominees based on availability. Please refer to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for additional information.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kate Balasa, Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (312) 886-6027; email address: [email protected] , or Stacey Jensen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Army, 108 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0104; telephone number: (703) 459-6026; email address: [email protected].