After a lengthy review process, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its Clean Water Rule, meant to improve and clarify water protection under the Clean Water Act. However, one concrete industry group is warning that it could hurt economic recovery. Following the announcement of the finalized rule, the Portland Cement Association issued a statement explaining it's position that the rule will hamper economic recovery. The statement reads in part:

In taking this action, EPA greatly expanded its own regulatory authority and created new bureaucratic red tape for many U.S. industrial activities.

"This rule will impact a wide range of normal U.S. industrial and agricultural activities, at a time when workers are just getting back on the job after eight years of tough economic times," said James G. Toscas, president and CEO of the Portland Cement Association (PCA).

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