The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday announced a proposed rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining “Waters of the United States” or WOTUS.
“Farmers and ranchers across this country are cheering EPA’s proposal today to ditch its flawed Waters of the U.S. rule,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall in a statement. “We know the importance of clean water, and farmers and ranchers work hard to protect our natural resources every day.
“But this rule was never really about clean water. It was a federal land grab designed to put a straightjacket on farming and private businesses across this nation. That’s why our federal courts blocked it from going into effect for the past two years. Today’s announcement shows EPA Administrator Pruitt recognizes the WOTUS rule for what it is—an illegal and dangerous mistake that needs to be corrected.”