Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with the Department of Army and Army Corps of Engineers, on Tuesday proposed rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which expanded the definition of U.S. waterways that are federally protected and regulated.

The president of the Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau, Russell Boening, said the farm bureau hopes "this repeal will put an end to EPA's regulatory overreach and will instead allow the agency to work as it was intended by our forefathers". "We stand committed to working with these agencies as they develop a new rule that defines jurisdictional boundaries in clear terms that are inclusive of the realities of farming".

Sen. Roberts says the WOTUS rule greatly expanded the EPA's federal jurisdiction and scope of waterbodies subject to Clean Water Act requirements. It was a federal land grab created to put a straightjacket on farming and private businesses across this nation.

"We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses", according to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

In February, President Trump signed an executive order providing relief from the WOTUS rule. The federal government already controls almost 85% of Nevada's lands, and I am concerned with any efforts that would give the federal government even more control especially over our water rights.

"I applaud the Trump Administration and Secretary Pruitt's announcement to walk away from the previous administration's WOTUS rule and begin the process to develop a new rule", said Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. "We can protect Montana's pristine water without harming our agriculture economy and violating Montanans' private property rights", Daines continued. "That's why our federal courts blocked it from going into effect for the past two years", President Duvall continued.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has formally proposed the repeal of the Obama administration's controversial regulation which extended the federal government's control over small waterways.

In a statement to press, Hauter acknowledged that the rule was "far from ideal", but argued that it was "a step in the right direction", casting Trump's move as "giant steps backwards in clean water protections, back to the days of massive fish kills and rivers on fire".

"It goes without saying that the Trump Administration doesn't care about the environment, public health, or its duty to protect our most precious natural resources - and that is why it's up to us, the American people, to hold them accountable".

"With a rewrite of the WOTUS rule, I look forward to seeing a rule that recognizes and respects the environmental strides taken by the American farmer and rancher". Clean water is too important for that.

Once the rule is filed with the Federal Register, there will be a standard public review and commenting period.

Finalizing the repeal would then open the door to likely lawsuits from environmental groups, Democratic states and others.

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