Date: August 28, 2015

Contact: Heather Navarro, (314) 727-0600,

AG Koster & Federal Judge Delay Clean Water Rule Implementation in Missouri

St. Louis, MO: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its final Clean Water Protection Rule. The rule was meant to clarify ambiguity in the Clean Water Act that led to a significant amount of litigation. Yesterday, a federal judge in North Dakota granted a Preliminary Injunction to 13 states, including Missouri, seeking to block implementation of the final rule.

“Missouri has yet to meet the 1983 deadlines of the Clean Water Act” said Heather Navarro, Executive Director of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. “We cannot afford further delay. This ruling denies protections to vital Missouri waters while allowing polluters to continue degrading the natural resources all of us downstream depend upon.”