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Fallin calls for feds to withdraw water rule

November 14, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on two federal agencies to withdraw a proposed rule designed to clarify the protection of waters under the federal Clean Water Act.

The governor announced Friday that she’s formally submitted her opposition to the rule in a letter to the directors of the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Fallin says the new proposal will put more water and land under the jurisdiction of the federal government — a move she says amounts to a “power grab that will hurt state economies and destroy jobs.”

But agency officials say the proposed rule would benefit businesses by increasing efficiency with the administration of the Clean Water Act.

The public comment on the proposed definition for “Waters of the United States” ends Friday.

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