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Conaway: Time to Clear Up WOTUS Rules Once and For All

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Washington, September 12, 2019 | comments

Washington, D.C. – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) applauded the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ announcement ending the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, issuing the following remarks:

“I commend the Trump administration for repealing the land grab attempted under President Obama through its Waters of the U.S. regulation. WOTUS attempted to stretch the reaches of federal power under the Clean Water Act from navigable and interstate waters, which are rightly protected, to encompass ditches, playas, stock ponds, and literally any body of water – regardless  of how small or temporary the water may be. The Trump administration’s efforts to bring the scope of EPA’s regulatory activity back to interstate and navigable waters not only ensures that EPA’s mission comports with Supreme Court rulings, but also applies a common sense understanding of what constitutes waters of the U.S., providing legal certainty to all Americans.”
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