A bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on 16 June would block the implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule as it funds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at US$32 billion. The 2017 Interior and Environment bill would cut US$125 million from the current fiscal 2016 levels and is US$1.1 billion less than the White House sought.
The House Appropriations committee also marked up its Interior and Environment bill that includes a rider against WOTUS. The House bill is funded at US$32.1 billion and would cut US$64 million from current spending levels, including a US$164 million from current spending levels, including a US$164 million cut to EPA.
"NSSGA is pleased to see that Senate and House appropriators recognise the importance of stopping the WOTUS regulation,” said Pam Whitted, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs. “We hope that Congress will keep this important rider attached as the appropriations process moves forward. Our industry believes that Congress needs to intervene to stop EPA’s rule that would unlawfully increase federal jurisdiction and costs for aggregates operations and their customers.”
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
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