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Wheeler defends move to cut Obama-era water rule

Wheeler defends move to cut Obama-era water rule Wheeler defends move to cut Obama-era water rule
Sandy Nunez | 13 September, 2019, 10:16

'The Clean Water Rule represented solid science and smart public policy, ' it said in a statement.

Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of MI, where two disputes over federal wetlands permits led to the 2006 Supreme Court case, said Trump "has chose to weaken protections for our water and reward corporate polluters". "This turned farming into a guessing game on which land use required federal permits and what did not". Once announced, the repeal would go into effect in a matter of weeks. Regardless, for now we can all agree that saving animals is a good thing, as long as it doesn't put human health in jeopardy.

"We want to make sure that we have a definition that once and for all will be the law of the land in all 50 states". A series of cases around the Obama-era rule and a Trump-era rule to extend that rule's applicability date has left 22 states technically under the 2015 rule and the remaining, except New Mexico, under the old regulations. The second and final step is expected to happen this winter, Stepp said.

"This was nothing more than a giant power grab by the Obama Administration that had real and harmful consequences on America's hardworking farmers and small business owners", Congressman Collins said.

But reversing older regulations, such as the Clean Water Rule, has proved more hard.

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"I would hope a new administration will come in and do a regulation negotiation process", Southerland says. A majority of Congress signed on to Congressman Collins' letter.

The 2015 regulation, frequently known as WOTUS, described what bodies of h2o are protected beneath the federal Clear Drinking water Act but was a most loved punching bag of Republicans, who ridicule it as government overreach. The Agency has previously passed legislation to cut back on animal testing where appropriate, but this is its most sweeping ban to date. The repeal rule's finalization sets the stage for future legal challenges.

"Today, EPA and the Department of the Army finalized a rule to repeal the previous administration's overreach in the federal regulation of USA waters and recodify the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that previously existed", said Andrew Wheeler, Environmental Protection Agency administer.

"Repealing the WOTUS rule is a major win for American agriculture".

California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has led dozens of lawsuits against Trump administration policy rollbacks, said on Thursday his state is "prepared to defend" the Obama clean water rule because its recission would remove many California waters from federal protection. He said it will eliminate the "patchwork" of definitions of waterways regulated under the Clean Water Act as a result of various court decisions enjoining the 2015 rule. In February 2017, he issued an executive order directing the EPA to review the regulation in an effort to pave the way for what Trump called "the elimination of this very destructive and terrible rule".