Texas Attorney General Threatens To Sue EPA

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is threatening to sue the EPA over the proposed expansion of the definition of federal waterways.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (File)

AUSTIN (August 12, 2014) Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is threatening to sue if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t scrap a proposal to expand the definition of federal waterways.

Abbott has submitted a written public comment to the EPA, which is proposing to expand the definition of federal waters to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways.

The agency says the move would stiffen penalties for polluting those waterways, which supply drinking water to more than 11 million Texans.

Abbott says the potential change "is without adequate scientific and economic justification” and says it would be detrimental to private property rights.


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