Clean water act could prevent fireworks.
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A group of Senate Republicans are worried a new Obama administration proposal would put Fourth of July fireworks displays in jeopardy.
The new rules, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, seek to clarify which of the nation’s streams and wetlands are under the two agencies’ jurisdiction, which some in the Senate fear could curtail lakeside festivities.
“If finalized, EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to expand the Clean Water Act’s definition of the ‘waters of the United States’ may enable litigious environmental groups to jeopardize fireworks displays throughout the country,” the letter, spearheaded by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), adds.