Published: Wed, March 01, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump to order review of Obama waterway regulation

"It's a disgusting, terrible rule", Trump said during a White House signing ceremony. The agencies also will need time to undo the rationale used to justify the rule.

The executive order directs the Environmental Protection Agency's leader Scott Pruitt to initiate the lengthy legal process of rescinding and rewriting the rule, called Waters of the United States. They said they anxious the law would create confusion as to which bodies of water were under federal jurisdiction and would negatively impact farmers, who believed puddles and streams on their property could be subjected to regulations.

Democrats have argued it safeguards drinking water for millions.

President Donald Trump is making good on his campaign promise to reverse a key environmental achievement of former President Barack Obama.

'It's a positive statement if the Trump administration is asking the EPA to go back and work with stakeholders to come up with a better rule, ' Chaba McKeel, director of government affairs for the group, told Tuesday.

"The onerous WOTUS rule misses the mark by imposing excessive burdens on landowners, threatening to harm the economy, and costing us jobs".

"Without the Clean Water Rule's critical protections, innumerable small streams and wetlands that are essential for drinking water supplies, flood protection, and fish and wildlife habitat will be vulnerable to unregulated pollution, dredging and filling", said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers. "I look forward to working with the administration on commonsense environmental policies that conserve our natural resources for the next generation while continuing to encourage economic development".

But unlike the Fiduciary Duty Rule, which was scheduled to go into effect April 10, the Waters of the United States rule has already been blocked by a federal appeals court in Cincinnati. One of the first things the Tump transition team did was announce in November 2016 that the administration would end the "Waters of the US" rule.

Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, said the rule "should be taken out behind the barn and put out of its misery".

The rule "is grounded in science and the law so that our streams and wetlands can keep us healthy and safe, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and lovely places to recreate", Knodel said.

The order also instructs the attorney general to suspend ongoing court action in response to a number of legal challenges against the rule. "We all want clean water, but this regulation was just a big government land grab that would have allowed activists to micromanage all kinds of farming and business activities".

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