Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule
The Navigable Waters Protection Rule has been vacated and replaced in the Code of Federal Regulations. Please click here for to learn more about the agencies' current implementation of the definition of "waters of the United States." The notice below is provided for informational purposes only.
The EPA Administrator, E. Scott Pruitt, and the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Douglas W. Lamont, signed the following document on February 28, 2017, and it was published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2017. The agencies conducted a two-step rulemaking process. The 2015 Clean Water Rule was repealed by the 2019 Rule, which reinstated the 1980s regulations, implemented consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court cases and applicable guidance. The agencies replaced the 2019 Rule with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule in 2020.