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Gov. Ricketts Commends EPA for Repealing Burdensome WOTUS Rule

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Gov. Ricketts Commends EPA for Repealing Burdensome WOTUS Rule


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts praised President Donald J. Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their decision to repeal President Barack Obama’s 2015 rule pertaining to the Clean Water Act.  The 2015 rule had stretched the bounds of the EPA’s authority beyond its constitutional scope by expansively defining “Waters of the United States ” (WOTUS).


“The Obama Administration overstepped its legal authority and needlessly burdened states with its ‘waters of the United States’ rule in 2015,” said Gov. Ricketts.  “I’m pleased that the EPA, under President Trump, has restored the simpler and clearer definition that existed prior to the 2015 rule change.  This decision removes regulatory impediments to economic growth while preserving our country’s commitment to the wise stewardship of water resources.”


The 2015 rule had taken authority away from states, transferring it to the federal government.  The EPA’s repeal of the rule acknowledges that states have primary responsibility to regulate their own water resources.