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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) and 19 other Republican senators sent a May 17 letter telling EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that proposed guidance on hydrological connections to waters of the U.S. under Clean Water Act jurisdiction would infringe on state authority and increase delays in securing permits, which could hinder economic activity in many states. The senators opposed the proposed guidance and asked EPA to clarify several issues by June 15, including language in the guidance on hydrological connections to waters of the United States, aggregation of waters within a watershed, and waters that are not covered by the act's jurisdiction. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the proposed guidance April 27 that they said would extend protection to more waters than under current policy. In releasing the guidance, Jackson said it would provide “consistency and reliability” in determining where the Clean Water Act applies nationwide