EPA Withdraws Obama-Era WOTUS Rule
In another win for the ready mixed concrete industry, last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) formally announced the full withdrawal of the Obama Administration’s 2015 Waters of the US rule (WOTUS). Since its publication, the 2015 rule, which was ardently opposed by NRMCA, has been litigated in various federal courts across the nation, leading to stays of the rule in all but 22 states.
This latest development is a welcome step toward finalizing a balanced, consistent and clear regulatory scheme for determining federal jurisdiction over WOTUS. The withdrawal is part of the Trump Administration’s two-step plan for repealing and revising WOTUS regulations. NRMCA and its industry partners continue to communicate with EPA to ensure any new revised rule is clear, concise and adheres to sound regulatory principles with equitable enforcement. The withdrawal becomes effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.