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May 12, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Schweikert Hosts Round Table on EPA Water Rule

Scottsdale, Ariz., May 12, 2014— Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment for the House Science, Space, and Technology committee and House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power member, Rep. Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (R-AZ) will join for a local round-table to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to expand the definition of “navigable waters of the United States.’

The local roundtable is to be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 and is titled: “The EPA’s Unauthorized Usurpation of State and Tribal Water Rights: Cleaning up the Clean Water Act.”

This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Monday, June 2, 2014
“The EPA’s Unauthorized Usurpation of State and Tribal Water Rights:  Cleaning up the Clean Water Act”
Time: 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
Location: Arizona State Capitol
Senate Hearing Room 1
1700 W Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85007

On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule that would assert Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction over nearly all areas with any hydrologic connection to downstream navigable waters, including man-made conveyances such as ditches.

In early May, 2014, Chairman David Schweikert joined House colleagues in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of the Army Secretary John McHugh for the proposed draft rule defining ‘waters of the US’ to be withdrawn and returned for further analysis and revision. The full letter can be read here.


Chairman Schweikert is the author of the Secret Science Reform Act and a strong advocate for transparent data, evidence, and scientific research. The Secret Science Reform Act, H.R. 4012, prohibits the EPA from proposing regulations based on science that is not transparent or reproducible.

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