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By Shane Lasley
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Alaska enters WOTUS court battle, again

Joins 20 other states in a fight to rein in federal overreach North of 60 Mining News – October 29, 2021

 

Last updated 11/18/2021 at 4pm

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The Parks Highway cuts across some of Alaska's more than 175 million acres of wetlands. A broadening of the definition of U.S. waters significantly expands upon areas that fall under federal jurisdiction, increasing the regulatory requirements for commercial and residential development by Alaskans.

Alaska once again finds itself joining other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rein in a broadened definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, a federal environmental rule that could significantly impact the management of private and public property across the Last Frontier.

WOTUS has been a concern for Alaska and many other states since the Obama administration set out to b...



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