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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt will meet with Gov. Pete Ricketts and ag leaders for a roundtable discussion about the Waters of the U.S. rule Thursday afternoon.

The discussion is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Nebraska Farm Bureau, according to a news release from Common Sense Nebraska, a coalition of ag groups that seeks "to build awareness and understanding of the EPA proposal and the impacts it would have to Nebraskans."

President Donald Trump issued an executive order in February 2017 calling for the EPA and Department of the Army to review and rescind, or otherwise revise the Obama-era rule seeking to expand the definitions of which bodies of water would be governed by the Clean Water Act first enacted in 2015.

Pruitt previously visited Nebraska last October to discuss the WOTUS rule with Ricketts and Common Sense Nebraska, but that meeting was closed to the media. The EPA administrator also met privately with executives from Union Pacific.

 

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Chris Dunker covers higher education, state government and the intersection of both.

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