Trump Takes Aim At EPA Water Regulations With New Executive Order

"This will wash away one of the most unconstitutional regulations unilaterally implemented by the Obama Administration", said Rep. Paul Gosar R-AZ., chairman of the U.S. Western Caucus. But because water so stubbornly defies local and state boundaries, she says a nationwide regulatory structure is necessary. The order will direct regulators to conduct a review of the WOTUS regulation. "It's been a disaster". The Obama administration wrote the Waters of the USA rule to clarify the point, arguing the government could regulate even smaller streams or ditches since they could flow their way into the drinking supply.

According to Trump, the Obama EPA action on WOTUS "was a massive power grab".

"NCGA remains committed to work with the EPA to ensure farmers have clarity and certainty they need about the regulations affecting their operations", said Spurlock. "Regulations and permits starting treating our wonderful small farmers and small businesses as if they were a major industrial polluter". Implementation of the rule has been held up in court due to pending legal challenges. The expanded rules allowed government control and oversight of almost any place where water could flow or pool after a rain.

Since President Trump's inauguration in January, the energy industry has been waiting for a series of executive orders from the White House to review the Clean Power Plan and restrictions on coal production on federal lands.

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Trump had railed against the water rule during his campaign, slamming it as an example of federal overreach. "I gather that this rule puts a huge percentage of the acreage in Florida under jurisdiction". I'm pleased to see the Trump Administration is actually listening to rural America with this executive action. Finalized in 2015, the Clean Water Rule clearly defined the waterways subject to protection under the Clean Water Act, in order to prevent their pollution and destruction and provide clean water for drinking, agriculture, and forestry.

Lewis Lehman, board president of the Brown County Farm Bureau, has owned land near Bangs since the '70s, and he praised Trump's decision on WOTUS.

On Tuesday, President Trump instructed the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the "Waters of the United States" rule in an initial move to end it entirely.

Under WOTUS, all tributaries that have a bed, bank and a high water mark are automatically protected, among other water bodies. The WOTUS rule, the association said, would also likely be used as a litigation tool to delay projects and, in the process, make them more expensive for taxpayers.

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