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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF75 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: The Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of "Waters of the United States" 
Abstract: In 2015, the EPA and the Department of the Army ("the agencies") published the Clean Water Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States' (2015 Rule') (80 FR 37054, June 29, 2015). On February 28, 2017, the President issued Executive Order 13778 entitled "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the Waters of the United States' Rule" which instructed the agencies to review the 2015 Rule and rescind or revise it as appropriate and consistent with law. On February 14, 2019, the agencies published a Federal Register notice proposing to revise the definition of "waters of the United States" consistent with Executive Order 13778. The agencies finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule on January 23, 2020, which revised the definition of "waters of the United States." 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 110    40 CFR 112    40 CFR 116    40 CFR 117    40 CFR 122    40 CFR 230    40 CFR 232    40 CFR 300    40 CFR 302    40 CFR 401    40 CFR 120   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Action Date FR Cite
Notice  02/07/2019  84 FR 2483   
NPRM  02/14/2019  84 FR 4154   
Final Rule  04/21/2020  85 FR 22250   
Final Rule Effective  06/22/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael McDavit
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
TS-767C, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mail Code 4504T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2428

Rose Kwok
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 4504T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0657