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Senators continue to oppose WOTUS rule

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A number of members of the US Senate are refusing to back down on forcing a withdrawal of the WOTUS rule. Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Deb Fischer, R-Neb., submitted a resolution that the sense of the senate is ‘that clean water is a national priority, and that the 29 June 2015, Waters of the United States Rule should be withdrawn or vacated.’

The rule would dramatically increase the jurisdiction of the EPA and would cost the aggregates industry million of dollars to comply with the new requirements. The rule is currently prevented from being implemented through a nationwide stay.

“At a time when there is bipartisan agreement on the need for an investment in infrastructure, it is essential that this rule not add to the costs of airport runways, roads and bridges,” said Ashley Amidon, NSSGA director of government affairs. “NSSGA applauds Senators Fischer and Ernst for their principled stand against this unprecedented jurisdictional grab.”

These senators are the latest lawmakers to push for the withdrawal of the WOTUS rule. Recently, 29 members of Congress sent a letter to President-elect Trump urging the new administration to ‘rescind the harmful and flawed Waters of the U.S. rule’ upon taking office. Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is also an outspoken opponent of WOTUS, and has filed lawsuits on behalf of the Sooner state against the EPA in an attempt to stop the rule.

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