The Trump administration has taken a major step towards rewriting the problematic and controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
On 2 May, a rule called the ‘Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ – Recodification of Preexisting Rules’ progressed to the White House, indicating that it is undergoing inter-agency review.
“NSSGA has taken advantage of any opportunity to protect members from this jurisdictional overreach,” said Laura O’Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA vice president of government and regulatory affairs. “While this is a very welcome first step to rewriting the rule, NSSGA continues to work with Congress and the new administration to ensure a replacement rule is significantly less burdensome for aggregates operations.”While the usual deadline for review is 90 days, it is expected that the administration will move more quickly.
Last week, at a hearing of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, witnesses pointed out that the WOTUS rule goes well beyond legal limits and has fatal flaws which mean a rewrite of the rule is necessary. The Trump administration has made a repeal or rewrite of the WOTUS rule a priority, and frequently chastised the EPA and WOTUS during the presidential campaign.
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