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Under Shroud of Mootness, High Court Grapples With Clean Water Rule

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On the heels of the Clean Power Plan’s evisceration a day earlier, the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on a challenge to the Clean Water Rule, another eco-friendly achievement of the Obama era with a dimming future.

Adopted in 2015 to replace 1977 standards that had been sowing inconsistent interpretations across the country for decades, the Clean Water Rule expands the definition of “waters of the United States” to include intermittent streams, wetlands and floodplains.

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