A fight is breaking out inside the Obama administration over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed water regulation.
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The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy on Wednesday urged the EPA to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. rule, which seeks to clarify the agency’s authority to regulate smaller bodies of water like streams and rivers.
The EPA has drawn plenty of criticism from business groups that say the rule will be too expensive to comply with, but this is the first time another federal agency has attacked it.
SBA said it is “extremely concerned” by the rule.
“Advocacy advises the agencies to withdraw the rule,” SBA wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The rule will have a direct and potentially costly impact on small businesses.”