U.S. Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the Agriculture Committee, issued a statement today after the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati “put a halt to the Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule nationwide.”
Earlier today, the court issued a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of new regulations under the Clean
Water Act, referred to collectively as the Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“This is a tremendous victory for agriculture and the 18 states that challenged the EPA on its egregious power grab,” Conway said. “I have vocalized my concerns since the EPA and Army Corps first proposed this rule, knowing that farmers and ranchers – the best and original stewards of our nation’s land and water – would suffer dire consequences if the agencies pushed forward without consulting the very people the rule would affect.
“I am encouraged by the court’s decision to stay this rule and the court’s acknowledgment that the states have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims against the EPA. As the states continue challenging the rule, we will continue with our efforts in Congress to defeat the implementation of WOTUS,” said Conaway.