In the US, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) has filed a complaint against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. In a statement, the PCA explained that the complaint challenges the expansion of federal authority under the Clean Water Act through the new rule. The complaint was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, along with the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the State Chamber of Oklahoma, and Tulsa Regional Chamber.
“Through WOTUS, federal regulators are asserting unprecedented regulatory authority over large and small bodies of water throughout the US, exceeding the scope that was set by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court,” said James G. Toscas, President and CEO, PCA. “This will create needless gridlock, delays, and cost for construction projects across the country, with little or no benefit to the environment.”
“Cement manufacturers take environmental responsibility very seriously. Every cement plant in the United States complies with every existing state and federal water quality standard. WOTUS, however, includes an arbitrary, case-by-case determination as to what rules apply where, which would make compliance more difficult. We therefore stand with the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, the State Chamber of Oklahoma and the Tulsa Regional Chamber, and call for a stop to this extraordinary and unnecessary expansion of federal authority.”
Adapted from press release by Katherine Guenioui
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/14072015/pca-files-complaint-against-epa-over-wotus-160/