WOTUS Down the Drain in New Trump Executive Order

Mar 01, 2017
Glad to see it go
WASHINGTON, DC -- On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review the Obama administration's "Waters of the United States" rule (WOTUS), "paving the way for elimination" of the rule.
The rule, issued by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the Obama administration and formally known as the Clean Water Rule, is currently on hold due to legal challenges.  Included in Trump's order are instructions for the attorney general to freeze those courtroom proceedings while the review is underway.
It is unclear how long the review will take and exactly how the process will unfold, but Trump administration officials say an opinion on the case, written by late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, argued that federal jurisdiction extends only to bodies of water with a permanent flow or non-navigable waterways that connect via surface water with areas with permanent flow - definitions with a more limited approach than the Obama EPA established in its WOTUS rule-making.
New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke at an American Farm Bureau Foundation conference Tuesday after Trump issued the order, and said he already signed the paperwork to begin the review.  

The executive order is a huge win for agriculture and USA Rice looks forward to working with the new administration on a revision.

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