ATLANTA — EPA Region 4 held a press conference today, Thursday July 10, to detail a meeting of the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC). LGAC’s Protecting America’s Waters Workgroup will convene in Atlanta to discuss a proposed rule clarifying Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction, according to a press release.

EPA’s proposed rule, released on Mar. 25, 2014, is anticipated to have a large impact on local officials who are often in charge of implementing CWA provisions. Due to the scope of the proposed rule, the public comment period was recently extended by an additional 90 days to Oct. 20, 2014.

LGAC has been charged by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to give advice and recommendations on important issues affecting local elected and appointed officials. LGAC has made formal recommendations to EPA on issues ranging from climate change resiliency and air quality to worker protection standards, noted the release.

The meeting was held at 8:30 a.m. EST on July 10 with EPA Regional Administrator Heather McTeer Toney and Senior Policy Advisor of EPA Office of Water Ellen Gilinsky heading up the call.