Trump EPA Repeals ‘Power Grab’ Water Rule That It Says Stifled ‘Innovation and Economic Development’

The Daily Signal | 9/12/2019 | Staff
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Help is on the way for homeowners and landowners, businesses, developers, and farmers who have been victimized by “regulatory uncertainty” and federal “overreach,” Trump administration officials told members of the business community Thursday.

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James joined members of Congress and leaders of trade associations to announce the repeal of a 2015 rule from the Obama administration that greatly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States”—also known as WOTUS—under the Clean Water Act.

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The announcement, which drew criticism from environmental groups, was made before an audience at the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group based in Washington.

“When President Trump took office, he set in motion a process to remove and replace regulatory burdens that were stifling American innovation and economic development,” Wheeler said, adding:

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The Obama administration’s “Waters of the United States” definition was at the top of the list.

We are gathered here today because EPA and the Army [Corps of Engineers] are officially repealing the 2015 definition. Today’s final rule puts an end to an egregious power grab, eliminates an ongoing patchwork of Clean Water Act regulations, and restores a long-standing and familiar regulatory framework while we consider public comments on our proposed revised definition of waters of the United States.

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We are delivering on the president’s regulatory-reform agenda.

Bonner Cohen, a senior fellow with the National Center for Public Policy Research, told The Daily Signal in an email that the Obama administration had overstepped its authority with its version of the WOTUS rule.

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“Under the guise of ‘clarifying’ two ambiguous Supreme Court rulings from the early 2000s, the Obama administration concocted an elaborate scheme that would have subjected millions of acres of private land to federal zoning,” he said, adding:

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