Donald Trump signs Executive Order to review Barack Obama’s 2015 water rule
Under the Clean Water Act signed in 1972 the EPA was given authority to govern navigable waters but in 2015 Barack Obama and the EPA extended the Act to give the EPA, according to critics of the law, authority to manage puddles on farmer’s lands.
This rule was so controversial that it has not yet been implemented because it is on hold facing litigation but today Donald Trump signed an Executive Order telling the EPA to review the rule.
Here is more:
President Trump signed an order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally reconsider former President Barack Obama’s Clean Water Rule.
It’s the first step toward repealing the 2015 water rule, which asserted federal power over small waterways like wetlands and streams for the purposes of controlling pollution under the Clean Water Act. Trump promised on the campaign trail to repeal the regulation.
“It’s a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name, but everything else is bad,” Trump said at a White House signing ceremony, surrounded by Vice President Pence, first lady Melania Trump and top opponents of the regulation, including newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio.).
Farmers, homebuilders and county commissioners were also present.
“The Clean Water Act says that the EPA can regulate navigable waters, meaning waters that truly affect interstate commerce. But a few years ago, the EPA decided that navigable waters can mean nearly every puddle or every ditch on a farmer’s land, or any place else that they decide,” Trump said before signing the order.
“It was a massive power grab. The EPA’s regulators are putting people out of jobs by the hundreds of thousands.”
This is sure to draw the ire of the left which will use this to claim Republicans do not care about clean water, and they will claim that the President is putting special interests and big business ahead of the environment when in reality this is about government overreach and helping the farmers who would be hurt by this rule.
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