#AceNewsReport – Sept.13: President Trump’s administration has rescinded an Obama-era policy that expanded federal oversight and the threat of steep fines for polluting the country’s smaller waterways furthering his deregulatory efforts in the 14 months that remain before the next election. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Thursday signed a final rule that limits the scope of federal clean-water regulations in an effort to clear up confusion for landowners whose property sits near water sources that feed into the country’s network of major rivers The Wall Street Journal reported.
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.@EPA repeal fixes certain substantiative and procedural errors of the 2015 Rule — a rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. epa.gov/newsreleases/e… pic.twitter.com/wvg9ECCtOK
The Obama administration in 2015 had expanded federal oversight upstream, it said, to better protect wildlife and the country’s drinking-water supply from industrial runoff and pollution: Mr. Wheeler called that expansion an overreach, saying it grew to cover dry land in some cases. Farmers, property developers, chemical manufacturers and oil-and-gas producers — some of whom are key voter groups for the 2020 election — have voiced opposition to it, with many saying it overreached by intruding on property owners’ rights.
Court battles following the Obama-era rule have led to fractured rules across the country: Amid the legal challenges, the regulation is in place only in 22 states, though the Trump administration’s decision could spark its own series of court fights:
Thursday’s rule “restores regulatory text that existed before the 2015,” the report notes: “Property that is no longer covered by the 1972 Clean Water Act remains protected by state rules. Major waterways, such as most rivers and lakes, were already under protection of the Clean Water Act and still will be after the rollback.”
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