WASHINGTON (AP) -- New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands took effect on Friday -- but only in some states.
A federal court ruling Thursday, hours before the rules were to go into effect, blocked the regulations in 13 states. Those states had sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, arguing that the rules are federal overreach and could be costly and confusing for landowners.
The government says the new rules will help protect the nation's waters from pollution and development, and safeguard drinking water for 117 million Americans.
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