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Downtown CLE: Clean Water Act

February 26, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Where Are We on WOTUS (Waters of the United States)?
The Agencies, the Congress, the Lobbyists, and the Commenters on the Future of the Clean Water Act

12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Parr Brown (101 South 200 East #700, SLC 84111)
On April 21, 2014 — almost 8 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s three-way split on Clean Water Act jurisdiction in Rapanos v. United States — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a new regulatory definition of “waters of the United States.” This proposed rule has now been the subject of much comment, protest (especially by agriculture), interpretation, and — with the December 2014 budget — congressional modification. This CLE will briefly review the Supreme Court cases that made a new definition necessary, walk through the proposed rule, its relation to Clean Water Act jurisdiction more generally, and recent congressional action that affects it, and briefly review some of the claims about the rule that are being made, especially as it applies to agriculture.

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Robin_Craig_zbfp63Robin Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, S.J. Quinney College Of Law, University of Utah
Craig’s research focuses on “all things water,” especially the impact of climate change on freshwater resources and the oceans, the Clean Water Act, and the intersection of water and energy law. She also has written several articles and book chapters on constitutional environmental law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. She is the author or co-author of five books: Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protection (Foundation Press: 2013, with Robert W. Adler and Noah D. Hall); Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Protections in an Era of Climate Change (Edward Elgar: 2012), Environmental Law in Context (West: 3rd ed. 2011), Toxic and Environmental Torts (West: 2010, with Michael D. Green, Andrew R. Klein, and Joseph Sanders), and The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (Environmental Law Institute: 2nd ed. 2009). Her publications also include over 65 law review articles and book chapters.

1 CLE (pending). For questions contact Miriam (801) 585-3479.

The entrance to the parking is on the east side of the building off of 1st South.  When you pull into the garage, there will be signage for visitor parking


February 26, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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College of Law


Parr Brown
185 S. State Street #800
Salt Lake City, 84111
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