Environmental Groups Announce Intent to Challenge CWA Rule Under ESA

Thirteen environmental groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety, gave formal notice of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for violating the Endangered Species Act. The groups allege that the agencies violated the Endangered Species Act when they finalized a rule re-defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act without engaging in mandatory Section 7 consultation under the Endangered Species Act.