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THURSDAY PRESS CALL: EPA Convenes Local Government Advisory Committee in Atlanta to Weigh in on Proposed Water Rule

Release Date: 07/08/2014
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, 404-562-8421 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main), harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

ATLANTA On Thursday, July 10, EPA Region 4 will hold a press conference call to discuss a meeting of the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC). LGAC’s Protecting America’s Waters Workgroup will convene in Atlanta to discuss a proposed rule clarifying Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.

EPA’s proposed rule, released on Mar. 25, 2014, is anticipated to have a large impact on local officials who are often in charge of implementing CWA provisions. Due to the scope of the proposed rule, the public comment period was recently extended by an additional 90 days to Oct. 20, 2014.

WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 8:30 – 9 AM (EST)

WHO: Heather McTeer Toney, EPA Regional Administrator;
Ellen Gilinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Office of Water;

          Mark Rupp, Deputy Associate Administrator, EPA Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations;
      Mayor Bob Dixson, Greensburg, KS, and Chair of LGAC Workgroup (by phone);
          Sue Hann, City Manager, Palm Bay, FL, and Chairwoman, LGAC’s Protecting America’s Waters Workgroup and
          Robert Cope, Lemhi County Commissioner, Salmon, ID, Chair of LGAC Small Community Advisory Subcommittee.

WHAT: LGAC Meeting on Proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule

WHERE: News media should RSVP to harris-young.dawn@epa.gov to receive call-in information

LGAC has been charged by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to give advice and recommendations on important issues affecting local elected and appointed officials. LGAC has made formal recommendations to EPA on issues ranging from climate change resiliency and air quality to worker protection standards.

More information about the Local Government Advisory Committee:
http://www.epa.gov/ocir/scas_lgac/lgac_index.htm

More information about the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, including how to submit public comments:
https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-07142

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