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Abbott threatens to sue EPA over rule change

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is demanding federal environmental regulators scrap a proposal to expand the definition of federal waterways.

The gubernatorial candidate submitted a written public comment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday. He threatened to sue if the proposal isn't withdrawn.

The EPA has proposed expanding the definition of federal waters to include seasonal and rain-dependent waterways. The agency says the move would stiffen penalties for polluting those waterways, which supply drinking water to more than 11 million Texans.

Abbott says the potential change "is without adequate scientific and economic justification." He says the plan would be detrimental to private property rights.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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