The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now have an extra month to file their defense of the Waters of the U.S. Rule, or WOTUS. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today says the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals extended the deadline to file their response in defense of the rule from December 23rd of this year to January 18th of 2017. The Justice Department asked for extra time after states, businesses, and other municipal groups challenging the rule were given extra time to file their briefs. Those groups have until November 1 to file their paperwork with the court. The Justice Department will file a consolidated brief on behalf of the EPA and the Corps. The court also set a deadline of February 19, 2017, for intervenors to file briefs either in support of or opposition to the rule.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.