Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The Trouble with Rapanos: Bush Administration covered up the collapse of the CWA enforcement program wrought by Rapanos
A Congressional investigation by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar, detailed the collapse of the Clean Water Act enforcement program in the wake of Rapanos. NBC Link More than 500 clean water enforcement cases have been dropped or stalled. The chairmen forwarded to Obama the results of a review of more than 20,000 pages of documents produced by EPA and the Corps. Dozens of enforcement cases were downgraded, becoming informal responses, reduced civil penalties, or delayed. Additionally, many violations are not being detected due to the reduction in CWA investigations. Together, just two EPA Regions, Regions 6 and 8, dropped 244 enforcement cases.