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Agri-Pulse reports:

The Biden administration has made its move to re-define the waters of the United States regulated under the Clean Water Act. But environmental groups aren't happy with the way it's being done.

The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have asked a federal judge in Massachusetts to remand the Trump administration's Navigable Waters Protection Rule without vacating it. That move would leave the current rule in place while the agencies work on a replacement.

"Every day the 'Dirty Water Rule' stays in effect, America's waterways remain at risk," said Jon Devine, the Natural Resources Defense Council's director of federal water policy, and Heather Govern, director of the Conservation Law Foundation's Clean Air and Water Program.

"The Biden Administration's planned proposal to repeal the rule is a step in the right direction," they added, "but lacks the urgency required to restore full legal protections for the lakes and rivers that supply drinking water to millions of people."

The American Farm Bureau Federation and other ag groups, however, wanted the administration to keep the Trump-era rule, which removed federal protection for ephemeral streams and some wetlands.

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