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News Releases from HeadquartersWater (OW)


Contact Information: 
Robert Daguillard (daguillard.robert@epa.gov)
202-564-6618, 202-360-0476

WASHINGTON - In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army are finalizing the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. This afternoon at 12:45 pm ET, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy will deliver remarks on the Clean Water Rule at an event at an Earth Conservation Corps facility on the Anacostia River. They will be joined by Obama Administration Officials and stakeholders to discuss the importance of clean water to our health, our communities and our economy. Following the event, Administrator McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Darcy will hold a press call to answer questions about the Agencies' final rule.

The final Clean Water Rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry. The rule is grounded in law and the latest science, and is shaped by public input. The rule does not create any new permitting requirements for agriculture and maintains all previous exemptions and exclusions.

12:45 pm ET: Administrator McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Darcy deliver remarks to announce the Clean Water Rule

WHERE: Earth Conservation Corps Facility
1520 1st Street S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20004

RSVP: Media interested in covering the event should email press@epa.gov.

1:30 PM ET: Administrator McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Darcy hold media conference call on the Clean Water Rule

Dial in for Clean Water Rule press call: (888) 217-1175
Conference ID: 55945293
All participants will be required to provide their first and last name, affiliation, and email address to join the call.

*Note that media attending the event can remain on site and dial into the call if necessary. The event will not be livestreamed.