Georgia Sues Federal Agencies Over Clean Water Rule

The Chattahoochee River between Phenix City, Alabama and Columbus, Georgia.
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The state of Georgia is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers over a new water rule.

Attorney general Sam Olens and attorneys general from eight other states filed suit in a federal court in Georgia, in an attempt to overturn the Clean Water Rule, also called the Waters of the United States Rule.

The rule was finalized earlier this year. The plaintiffs say it’s a “significant overreach,” that the agencies are trying to regulate water on private property that they shouldn’t have authority over.

The EPA has said it’s just trying to clarify what bodies of water fall under the Clean Water Act.  

Other groups of states have filed similar lawsuits against the rule in Texas, Ohio and North Dakota.

Georgia, et al. v. EPA and USACE