January 23, 2020
WASHINGTON – In a video released today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) commended President Trump’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which reins in federal bureaucrats’ jurisdiction over Missouri waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
In December 2018, Blunt applauded the Trump administration for proposing a new rule that would provide a more clear and limited definition of which waterways are subject to federal regulation under the CWA and which ones are not.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“I’m glad the Trump administration has listened to rural America and taken the necessary steps to undo and replace the misguided Waters of the U.S. rule.
“The Obama-era WOTUS rule would have given the EPA jurisdiction over 99% of Missouri. I, over and over again, took the Farm Bureau map to the [Senate] floor, that was all in one color. And that was the color where the federal government would have jurisdiction over everything from puddles to ditches to ponds, from sidewalks to building permits.
“I’ve heard from countless farmers, ranchers, small businesses owners, and elected officials who just simply said WOTUS would have not only driven up the costs but made it impossible for them to do their jobs.
“Getting rid of this rule is an important part of the broader effort we’ve been working on in the Senate to roll back regulations that would cost a lot, but have little or no positive impact.
“This is an important victory for Missouri. I’m going to continue to work with the administration to make sure our economy has room to grow without the burden of costly, unnecessary red tape.
“When we need to have a rule, we need to have a rule that makes sense. But it has to make sense first and foremost.”