WOTUS Rule Repeal Great News for Rural Americans


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the repeal of the Obama administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. EPA is expected to announce a replacement rule for WOTUS later this year.

Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell said:

“Final repeal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is great news for rural Americans. Many fewer farmers and land owners will be kept up at night worrying that their land will be commandeered by the federal government.

“However, getting rid of this massive Obama-era land grab is only the first step. Federal jurisdiction of wetlands under the Clean Water Act was already out of control before the Obama Administration took office. We look forward to the EPA’s next rule, which we hope will reform federal jurisdiction of wetlands in accordance with both federal laws and the Constitution.” 

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