A federal judge has declined to block implementation of the Trump administration's Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which will allow it to go into effect Monday as scheduled, replacing the Obama-era "waters of the U.S." rule.
President Donald Trump on Sunday declared that the “best days for America’s farmers and ranchers are yet to come” following his new trade deals, and he repeatedly thanked producers for standing behind him amid the tariff war with China.
The Trump administration's proposed changes to the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) “decreases protection for our nation’s waters and does not support the objective of restoring and maintaining ‘the chemical, physical and biological integrity’ of these waters,” EPA’s Science Advisory Board said.
The rule replacing the 2015 definition of “waters of the U.S.” is expected in the next few months, but that doesn’t mean federal courts won’t have Clean Water Act cases to deal with in the meantime — and for years to come.
Democrats, Republicans and witnesses at a Senate hearing today all agreed on the need for clean water, but disagreed on whether the Trump administration’s proposed WOTUS rule is the best way to get it.
The Supreme Court should resolve the question of whether the Clean Water Act forbids the discharge of pollutants that travel through groundwater to a regulated water body, the federal government said in a brief filed with the court Friday.
Lawmakers seek to move their long-awaited farm bill this week, and the Trump administration is set to release a new “waters of the U.S.” rule that would remove ephemeral streams and many wetlands from federal jurisdiction.
House and Senate negotiators are likely to provide another infusion of cash into rural broadband development, but an effort to repeal the Obama-era “waters of the U.S. rule” doesn’t appear likely to survive the talks on fiscal 2019 spending bills.
The American Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural organizations are asking a Texas court to block enforcement of the Obama-era “waters of the U.S.” rule in the 26 states where courts have not already stayed its implementation.
A federal judge ruled that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers improperly suspended the Obama-era “waters of the U.S. rule,” allowing it to take effect in 26 states where it has not been blocked by court order.