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Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) introduced new bipartisan legislation, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078), in response to a proposed rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers that would redefine “waters of the United States” and expand the scope of federal jurisdiction. Groups including the Portland Cement Association say the proposed rule is confusing and ambiguous, adds unnecessary requirements to water permits, and will cause delays on upcoming infrastructure and site development projects. Supporters say the legislation would preserve federal-state partnerships that protect the nation’s waterways while safeguarding against regulatory overreach.

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