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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AG13 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Revised Definition of "Waters of the United States" 

In April 2020, the EPA and the Department of the Army (the agencies) published the Navigable Waters Protection Rule that revised the previously-codified definition of waters of the United States” (WOTUS). Following promulgation of a rulemaking to restore the regulations in place prior to the 2015 Clean Water Rule, updated to be consistent with relevant, recent Supreme Court decisions in SWANCC (2001) and Rapanos (2006) (see 2040-AG19), the agencies intend to consider further refinements in this second rule that would take into account additional stakeholder engagement and implementation considerations, scientific developments, and environmental justice values. This effort will also be informed by the experience of implementing the pre-2015 rule, the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, and the 2022 Sackett Supreme Court decision.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 120.1   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1251   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2023 
Additional Information: .
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Sectors Affected: 11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting; 111 Crop Production; 111998 All Other Miscellaneous Crop Farming; 112990 All Other Animal Production 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 2040-AF75  Related Agencies: Joint: DOD/COE; 
Agency Contact:
Whitney Beck
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4504T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2553