EPA's Scientific Advisory Board Weighs in on WOTUS
The SAB issued its final report on the WOTUS rule on February 27th. The 4-page report concludes, "The SAB finds that the proposed revised definition of WOTUS decreases protection for our Nation's waters and does not provide a scientific basis in support of its consistency, with the objective of restoring and maintaining 'the chemical, physical and biological integrity' of these waters." Id. at 2 (citations omitted). Four of the 43 members of the SAB dissented. A link to the report is provided below.
I suspect this report will show up in the briefs that will be filed in the upcoming litigation over the WOTUS rule.