|Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Today, N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and N.C. Attorney General submitted comments on behalf of North Carolina in opposition to the draft Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
To read the full comment filed today on the proposed WOTUS rule click here:
The comments note that some wetlands protections would be rolled back if the rule were approved. Wetlands cover an estimated 5.7 million acres (8,906 square miles) of North Carolina, or 17% of the land area of the state.
The changes fail to protect waters that are crucial to restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of our state’s waters.
The comments advocate for a science-based approach to defining WOTUS that preserves features essential for water quality while providing clarity to the regulated community. Among the challenges posed by the proposed federal WOTUS rule under consideration are:
NC DEQ and AG Comment on WOTUS Revisions