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Sue the EPA for over-expanding Clean Water Act

Koster has signed Missouri onto a lawsuit with 12 other states against the EPA over the agency's rule defining "waters of the United States." Koster's office says the new rule expands the scope of clean water regulations to lands without much water at all, and increases the federal government's authority to "control land use in Missouri."

"The EPA has exceeded their legal authority in defining what constitutes waterways," Koster said. "Thousands of acres of privately owned land in Missouri would suddenly be subject to federal water regulation. Missouri farmers will be particularly harmed by the federal government's restrictions on how their land can be used." Koster says the agencies' official definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) extends their authority to include "ponds, streams that flow only briefly during or after rainstorms, and channels that are usually dry." The definition also expands to floodplains, even if the plains are dry 99 years out of 100, Koster says.

Source: The Missouri Times on 2016 Missouri Gubernatorial race , Jun 29, 2015

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