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Administration aims to close ‘loophole’ in Clean Water Act

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Clinton administration proposed Thursday closing a perceived loophole in the Clean Water Act in an effort to protect thousands of acres of environmentally valuable wetlands across the United States.

The proposal would clarify current conservation regulations to stop earth-moving activities such as ditch-digging and in-stream mining that damage wetlands, which filter the nation's water supply.

"Due to a legal loophole that has been exploited, an additional 20,000 acres of wetlands have been lost in this country over the last two years," said EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner.