Missouri joins multi-state lawsuit against new clean water regulations

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster joined more than a dozen state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers challenging new water regulations they say go too far.

According to the agencies, the new regulations are designed to improve protection of smaller water bodies and wetlands while also safeguarding drinking water for millions of Americans. However, Koster gave examples in a news release of where he thought the rules were unreasonable.

“For example, the rule defines tributaries to include ponds, streams that flow only briefly during or after rainstorms and channels that are usually dry.

“The definition extends to lands within a 100-year floodplain — even if they are dry 99 out of 100 years,” Koster said in the release.

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