About Reed Hopper

Mr. Hopper is a principal attorney in PLF’s Environmental Law Practice Group. He oversees the foundation’s Endangered Species Act Program and PLF’s Clean Water Act Project.

Long-awaited Clean Water Act rule published

The final rule redefining “waters of the United States,” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act, was published today in the Federal Register.  According to the rule, it will become effective on August 28, 2015, and will be … Continue reading

More clarification on “waters of the United States”

We have noted earlier that the EPA and the Corps of Engineers have issued a “pre-publication” version of their final rule redefining those waters (and land features) subject to heavy-handed regulation under the Clean Water Act, known as “waters of … Continue reading

Clean Water Act jurisdiction – an update

We have already noted here and here that the Corps and EPA have settled on a final version of their new rule drastically redefining “waters of the United States” subject to federal control throughout the Country.  That rule should be … Continue reading

Understanding the new Clean Water Act rule

In a previous post, we discussed the controversial and lawless new rule issued by the Corps and EPA purporting to “clarify” waters subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act, known as “waters of the United States.”  Although the … Continue reading

Appellate court to hear constitutional challenge to ESA

On June 2, we will be holding a D.C. event to discuss with lawmakers and others our landmark PETPO case that is now pending in the Tenth Circuit after a Utah District Court held that federal regulation of local prairie … Continue reading

Lawless Administration adopts deceptive Clean Water Act Rule

Today, the Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency issued their final rule defining “waters of the United States” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act.  The EPA web page is here, but don’t believe everything you read.  … Continue reading

Beware the EPA Jabberwocky!

Yesterday, the LA Times ran a front page article on PLF’s landmark case of Rapanos v United States.  In that case, the Supreme Court determined federal officials have no authority under the Clean Water Act to regulate all tributaries and … Continue reading

Waters of the U.S.: Separating fact from fiction

Yesterday, PLF and the Heritage Foundation co-sponsored a forum on the Corps and EPA’s controversial proposed rule redefining the scope of the Clean Water Act.  As we have previously reported, this rule is a massive power grab in direct violation … Continue reading

Clean Water Act victory for landowners!

The 8th Cir Court of Appeals gave Pacific Legal Foundation a resounding victory today in Hawkes v Corps.  A unanimous three-judge panel held a Corps of Engineers’ Jurisdictional Determination (i.e.  wetlands delineation) is immediately reviewable in court and subject to … Continue reading