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Clean Water Rule Response to Comments - Topic 17: Non-Technical Comments (Volume 1)
Waters of the US Rule Comment Compendium
Topic 17 - Non-Technical Comments (Volume 1)
The Response to Comments Document, together with the preamble to the final Clean Water
Rule, presents the responses of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department
of the Army (collectively "the agencies") to the more than one million public comments received
on the proposed rule (79 FR 22188 (Apr. 21, 2014)). The agencies have addressed all significant
issues raised in the public comments.
As a result of changes made to the preamble and final rule prior to signature, and due to the
volume of comments received, some responses in the Response to Comments Document may not
reflect the language in the preamble and final rule in every respect. Where the response is in
conflict with the preamble or the final rule, the language in the final preamble and rule controls
and should be used for purposes of understanding the scope, requirements, and basis of the final
rule. In addition, due to the large number of comments that addressed similar issues, as well as
the volume of the comments received, the Response to Comments Document does not always
cross-reference each response to the commenter(s) who raised the particular issue involved. The
responses presented in this document are intended to augment the responses to comments that
appear in the preamble to the final rule or to address comments not discussed in that preamble.
Although portions of the preamble to the final rule are paraphrased in this document where
useful to add clarity to responses, the preamble itself remains the definitive statement of the
rationale for the revisions adopted in the final rule. In many instances, particular responses
presented in the Response to Comments Document include cross references to responses on
related issues that are located either in the preamble to the Clean Water Rule, the Technical
Support Document, or elsewhere in the Response to Comments Document. All issues on which
the agencies are taking final action in the Clean Water Rule are addressed in the Clean Water
Rule rulemaking record.
Accordingly, the Response to Comments Document, together with the preamble to the Clean
Water Rule and the information contained in the Technical Support Document, the Science
Report, and the rest of the administrative record should be considered collectively as the
agencies' response to all of the significant comments submitted on the proposed rule. The
Response to Comments Document incorporates directly or by reference the significant public
comments addressed in the preamble to the Clean Water Rule as well as other significant public
comments that were submitted on the proposed rule.
This compendium, as part of the Response to Comments Document, provides a compendium of
the comments about Non-Technical Comments submitted by commenters. Comments have been
copied into this document "as is" with no editing or summarizing. Footnotes in regular font are
taken directly from the comments.
Note: While the contractor established a placeholder in this document for the "Agency
Response," the rule is promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department
of the Army and the responses are those of the agencies.
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