NAHB Applauds President Trump for Move to Fix Flawed WOTUS Rule

Mar 01, 2017, 00:13
NAHB Applauds President Trump for Move to Fix Flawed WOTUS Rule

President Trump's executive order to start rolling back an Obama administration rule on waters in the United States is backed by a host of affected industry groups - including some like golf courses that are connected to his business interests.

Trump will sign the executive orders in back-to-back signing ceremonies at the White House on Tuesday. Opponents also pointed out that some waterways covered under the rule were not always wet. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which jointly administer WOTUS, will have to justify their findings with scientific research. WOTUS expanded protection to include smaller streams and wetlands that drain into major rivers, bays, and drinking water sources.

President Trump will likely take a first step toward dismantling Obama's environmental legacy today, fulfilling a promise to go after the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. Members of our state's agriculture community spent the better part of the last decade trying to operate under the burdensome and uninformed regulations imposed by the Obama administration.

"Farmers and ranchers have been calling for a common-sense approach to regulatory reform, and today the Trump administration responded to that call".

"The onerous WOTUS rule misses the mark by imposing excessive burdens on landowners, threatening to harm the economy, and costing us jobs". It also orders the Justice Department to request that federal courts place a hold on legal challenges to the rule while the review is underway, according to Reuters.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addressed a conservative summit on February 25, saying WOTUS "made puddles and dry creek beds across this country subject to the jurisdiction of Washington, D.C".

Still, it could take well over a year for the directive to be carried out.

If the federal government shies away from meeting its Clean Water Act obligations then "we shall fight them", Jan Goldman-Carter, the National Wildlife Federation's senior manager and counsel on wetland water resources, said at a recent American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education seminar on Environmental Law.

Trump said the law meant that regulators had jurisdiction over puddles and ditches, but activists say this wasn't allowed under the rule. "I don't think we've ever had this many people in the Oval Office", Trump said to laughter". In fact, 79 local officials and 234 businesses recently joined Environment America Research & Policy Center on amicus briefs in defense of the Rule in court.

Property owners, meanwhile, will continue to grapple with the question of whether they need a Clean Water Act permit for activities on their land.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE
  • Elina Svitolina beats Caroline Wozniacki to win Dubai Championships

    Elina Svitolina beats Caroline Wozniacki to win Dubai Championships

    Bellis surprised No. 27-ranked Yulia Putintseva 6-1, 7-5 in Dubai's first round, rallying from 5-1 down in the second set. The youngest American to defeat a top-10 opponent since Wimbledon 2009, when Melanie Oudin eliminated Jankovic.
    Anti-Netanyahu protesters march through Sydney

    Anti-Netanyahu protesters march through Sydney

    These are the words that come to mind when I think of my life as a Palestinian. "But then you're just not going to have a deal". He also visited the Moriah College Jewish day school in Sydney, where he sat in on a Hebrew class and spoke to the students.
    Income Tax Reduction Loses in State House

    Income Tax Reduction Loses in State House

    There is growing skepticism of the proposal, including some outright opposition, among Republicans and Democrats alike in the U.S. Governor Rick Snyder was not on board with the break citing serious concerns about the budget implications.
  • Asia Stocks to Fall as Dovish Fed Minutes Spur Yen: Markets Wrap

    Asia Stocks to Fall as Dovish Fed Minutes Spur Yen: Markets Wrap

    That could trigger inflation pressures and force the Fed to boost rates at a faster pace than financial markets expect. Dallas Fed chief Robert Kaplan said earlier this month that the central bank should move "sooner rather than later".
    Mike Pence hoping to 'deepen' USA  relationship with European Union  during Brussels talks

    Mike Pence hoping to 'deepen' USA relationship with European Union during Brussels talks

    Pence arrived at the Melsbroek military airport under police surveillance. He has suggested the European Union could soon fall apart. Only five of NATO's 28 states reach that benchmark.

    Guardiola reveals Jesus could be out for the season

    That situation has sparked fresh speculation over the long-term future of Aguero but Guardiola has been pleased with his attitude. He started City's last three games, scoring three goals, with Sergio Aguero relegated to the substitutes' bench.
  • 74 dead migrants washed ashore in Libya

    A spokesman for the aid organisation said there were still bodies floating out at sea as the agency had no way of retrieving them. The EU itself describes Libya as "unsafe" and systematic violence towards refugees and migrants has been widely documented.
    Lindsay Lohan appears on 'The View' to discuss Syrian refugee crisis

    Lindsay Lohan appears on 'The View' to discuss Syrian refugee crisis

    However a source close to Lohan confirmed she definitely "wants to do" a new version of The Little Mermaid for the studio. Do you think she would be the right choice?
    China sends a message to Donald Trump with North Korea coal ban

    China sends a message to Donald Trump with North Korea coal ban

    North Korea is China's fourth-biggest supplier of coal. "That's why we are more and more strict with North Korea". President Donald Trump said North Korea was "a big, big problem ... and we will deal with that very strongly".
  • Best and worst cities for traffic in South Africa

    Best and worst cities for traffic in South Africa

    The company said countries are ranked by a weighted average of their cities' peak hours spent in traffic congestion a year ago . NYC had the top daytime congestion on arterials and city streets, while San Francisco ranked first during peak times.

    Unilever slumps as Kraft Heinz pulls bid; U.S. markets shut for holiday

    Analysts say Kraft Heinz , co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh, is still in the market for acquisitions. Its top US food brands include Knorr, Hellmann's and Lipton.

    Wal-Mart (WMT) Q4 Earnings, Revenues Beat on Strong Comps

    Revenue rose 1 per cent to $130.9-billion, with the depreciation of the Mexican peso to the USA dollar curbing growth. The retailer posted its third straight quarter of double-digit online growth, helping boost their holiday business.
popular