TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BEGINS WITHDRAWAL OF
BURDENSOME WOTUS RULE

     Ag groups and members of Congress are praising President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for their leadership in withdrawing the burdensome and highly controversial waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) final rule. The rule was forwarded by EPA and the Corps of Engineers under the Obama administration. It would greatly expand federal jurisdiction by broadening the scope of the Clean Water Act. 
     NCBA President Craig Uden called it “a step in the right direction” and gave the Trump administration credit for “injecting some much-needed common sense into our nation’s environmental policies.”
     The senior member of the Kansas congressional delegation expressed his gratitude for the change of direction as well.
     “I’m pleased Administrator Pruitt and the EPA has listened to our concerns and has taken an important first step to rescind the infamous WOTUS rule,” said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the Senate Ag Committee.
     Uden said it’s important to remember the rule isn’t dead yet. EPA and the Corps now begin a replacement rulemaking process to gather input and re-evaluate the definition of WOTUS. NCBA will submit additional comments on behalf of members.

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