The Trump Administration proposed a new water rule on Dec. 11 designed to replace the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
The new water rule would:
- Protect the private property rights of American cattle producers;
- Provide safeguards for America’s waters;
- Observe the appropriate role of the federal government in regulating waterways;
- Restore state and local authority to protect waters;
- Respect Congress’s intent in limiting jurisdiction to “navigable waters” in the Clean Water Act.
As a next step, the proposed rule will be posted in the Federal Register and become open for public comment. The 2015 WOTUS rule is currently in effect in 22 states. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are currently in the process of repealing the 2015 WOTUS rule.
“After years of uncertainty stemming from the 2015 WOTUS rule, the Trump Administration’s new water rule represents a fresh start for America’s cattle producers,” said Kevin Kester, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.… Continue reading