Irrigation Association Calls for Clear and Workable Regulations
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved a joint resolution to overturn the Biden administration's rule on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The WOTUS rule has been challenged by lawmakers and more than 20 state attorneys general who argue that it represents "unnecessary bureaucratic overreach." The resolution would have to be approved by the full house of Representatives and the Senate before it could take effect. In addition to the committee's legislative approval, several industry associations have also shared their frustrations about the rule.
Ted McKinney, CEO of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, says the EPA's latest rule on defining "waters of the United States" is "a statement of significant federal overreach that ignores long-held states' authority to regulate intrastate water quality and with it, the Clean Water Act's statutory mandate for cooperative federalism."