- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined counterparts and other officials in 30 other states in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the implementation of a new federal water rule.

Stenehjem on Wednesday said he signed a letter that was sent to the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In June, several states led by North Dakota filed a federal lawsuit over the same rule change.

Federal officials say the “Waters of the U.S.” rule clarifies which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule is set to go into effect Aug. 28.

At least 27 states, national agriculture and land organizations, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have filed complaints in federal districts courts around the country since the rule was published in June.

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