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City Council backs EPA water proposal

The Baltimore City Council on Monday passed a resolution supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed expansion of its jurisdiction over streams and wetlands. The resolution was introduced by Councilman James Kraft. “As elected officials, we know that society operates best when there is regulatory certainty,” Kraft said, according to a news release from Clean Water Action Maryland. Opponents have called EPA’s move a power grab under the Clean Water Act, which would prevent development along waterways. This week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to block the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from developing or finalizing the proposal.