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The White House considers WOTUS rule amendment

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As the US Supreme Court considers the 2015 Waters of the US rule jurisdiction, the White House is reviewing a proposed amendment that would delay the 2015 rule. This amendment would guarantee the administration time to propose a new WOTUS rule without the 2015 rule taking effect.

The WOTUS rule enacted under the Obama administration was halted by the courts in 2015, amid bipartisan backlash from NSSGA, industry groups, and officials in over 30 states. The rule expanded the federal government’s jurisdiction over land and water use in some states by as much as 400%, including resources that are already regulated at the state and local level, or on private land.

The Trump administration has recently proposed to withdraw the WOTUS rule and replace it with a clearer one. The EPA is accepting comments until 28 November on why should be included in a new WOTUS rule. NSSGA has submitted comments that focus on clear exemptions needed in a new rule, such as pits and quarries, water treatment systems, dry streambeds, and isolated waters.

“NSSGA continues to support this effort so that members are not subject to the uncertainty that the 2015 WOTUS rule would have created,” said Ashley Amidon, senior director of government affairs. “NSSGA members should take advantage of this opportunity to partner with EPA in order to create a new and balanced rule.”

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