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Will Waters of the U.S. Stifle New Development?

In an article published in the June 19 edition of the Central Penn Business Journal, Environmental Attorney Alex Chiaruttini discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the U.S. rule that seeks to clarify the EPA’s jurisdiction over certain non-navigable waters and the potential impacts on new development.

While she does not anticipate that the rule will halt new development, she suggests that the rule is very technical and fact-specific. The Federal interpretation on a site-by-site basis will determine the reach of Federal jurisdiction and how long permitting will take.

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Attorney Chiaruttini practices exclusively in the area of environmental law, and has served her clients successfully for over fifteen years. She provides a wide range of services for clients, including compliance analysis and assistance, permitting, transactional support, and lead representation in environmental litigation. Her work includes Federal and State issues associated with water supply, water rights, and water quality, contamination remediation, HSCA/CERCLA (Superfund) defense, lead-based paint, radiation protection, air permitting and compliance, OSHA compliance, waste issues, and dam safety.

She is a statewide leader in water quality credit trading, having worked on the majority of the trades to date in Pennsylvania and she currently serves on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Nutrient Credit Trading Program Enhancement Workgroup. This state Workgroup is assisting to evaluate impediments to trading or participation in the market, and opportunities for improvement and for enhancement of the Commonwealth’s current water quality credit trading program. The trading program is an alternative way to gain compliance with discharge permit requirements and to achieve water quality improvement.

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