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ND formally opposing ‘Waters of the US’ rule

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota government officials are submitting formal comments to the federal Environmental Protection Agency opposing proposed rules over navigable waters.

The state officials will urge the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. rule.

The EPA says the rule will clarify which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act. Opponents worry it will let the federal government dictate what people can do with their own land, and strip away state authority.

EPA administrators have said the proposal does not include new restrictions and merely clarifies what bodies of water already are under federal jurisdiction.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple calls the proposed rule “a clear example of government overreach.”

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