|SALT LAKE CITY June 27, 2017 – Attorney General Sean Reyes joined West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel and 19 other state attorneys general to issue the following statement regarding the repeal of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday signed a notice to withdraw the Obama-era rule.
“The Attorneys General of the States of West Virginia, Wisconsin, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky applaud the action of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) today in beginning to withdraw the unlawful waters of the United States rule (“WOTUS Rule”).
“We fully support the proposed rule signed by EPA Administrator Pruitt today as a significant step in the direction of withdrawing the unlawful WOTUS Rule.
“The WOTUS Rule asserts sweeping federal authority over usually dry channels, roadside ditches, and isolated streams. The Rule also asserts federal authority over land covered by water only once every one hundred years.
“The rule’s broad assertion of authority unlawfully impinges on the States’ traditional role as the primary regulators of land and water resources. The WOTUS Rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act, U.S. Supreme Court precedent, and the U.S. Constitution.
“Our States won a nationwide stay blocking enforcement of the rule and allowing the new administration time to work on withdrawing the rule.
“We look forward to EPA’s final action withdrawing the WOTUS Rule and providing relief for our States and their citizens.”
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