WOTUS expanded the definition of federally-regulated bodies of water so broadly that farmers, small businesses, and other land owners would have been forced to get costly federal permits to build and invest.
The U.S. Chamber fought WOTUS in the federal courts [see here and here] and convinced a court to put a nationwide hold on the rule in 2015.
Rolling back this regulatory overreach is welcome, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs Bill Kovacs said:
Repealing WOTUS is the latest in an extensive effort by the Trump administration and Congress to tear down growth-inhibiting regulatory barriers.
With how far-reaching the Obama administration’s water rule is, starting over will bring a sense of relief to land owners.
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Sean writes about public policies affecting businesses including energy, health care, and regulations. When not battling those making it harder for free enterprise to succeed, he raves about all things Wisconsin (his home state) and religiously follows the Green Bay Packers.