Published: Thu, March 02, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Trump signs executive order to roll back clean water rule

Trump signs executive order to roll back clean water rule

President Trump today signed an executive order requiring the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

Regardless of what happens on the federal level, Connecticut's wetlands and streams will remain under a stronger level of state regulation than the federal Clean Water Act alone provides, Schain said.

The Clean Water Act passed in the 1970s allows the EPA to regulate "navigable waters", which Trump contends was merely meant to apply to things impacting interstate commerce.

"I applaud the administration in taking the necessary steps to reverse this greatly misguided regulation", Jenkins said. The Obama administration introduced the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States Rule, to define which of the nation's small bodies of water would be subject to regulation.

"Any effort to replace this illegal rule with common-sense regulations will be welcome and is sorely needed", DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said after Trump's order.

President Trump's February 28 executive order directing the withdrawal of the controversial "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule removes an unnecessary obstacle that would have delayed transportation improvement projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says.

A senior White House official said the problem with the rule is that it "vastly expands jurisdiction into state and local areas and vastly expands federal jurisdiction over state waters".

"A few years ago the EPA decided that navigable waters can mean almost every puddle or every ditch on a farmer's land or anywhere else that they decide", Trump said as he signed the order.

Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case filed by the National Association of Manufacturers on whether challenges to the rule should be heard in federal district or appellate courts.

"The flawed WOTUS rule has proven to be nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farmers and ranchers how to run their businesses", Zippy Duvall, AFBF president, said in a release.

"The WOTUS rule sought to hand control of land-use planning decisions to out-of-touch activists and government regulators in New York, San Francisco and Washington", Weber said. It's been one of our priority issues -we called it Ditch The Rule.

Kelly added that the clean water rule went through "a long and engaged process" to get passed, and as a result, it could take years for the Trump administration to entirely unspool its protections. "Any watershed where you have a small stream feeding into a larger stream, and then on into what we think of as the Chattahoochee River, all along that initial path of those small streams, those are not going to be protected anymore".

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