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WOTUS Work A-Rollin’

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt doesn’t yet have an assistant administrator for water or a general counsel, and he’s barely had time to meet with the agency’s water experts, but work to review the Obama administration’s controversial Waters of the U.S. rule is already underway, top staffers from the agency’s Office of Water said on Tuesday.

“I will warn you now that we will be on a very fast pace to get something into place,” Benita Best-Wong, the Office of Water’s acting deputy assistant administrator, said at the National Water Policy Fly-In. She and other agency staffers underscored that Pruitt and his team are keen to get input from states and others on the issue before taking their next step — which is expected to be a rule to undo the Obama regulation or a rule to revise it or write a new regulation.

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