WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works – released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a proposal to better define “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act:
“It is critical that we work to protect our wetlands and waterways for future generations. The proposed WOTUS rule aims to promote clean water, while providing clarity to stakeholders on EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. This provides a welcome change from the overreaching Obama-era WOTUS rule by providing a sensible, clear definition that will result in better utilization of resources and cut red tape for Kansas producers. I will work with the administration to make certain its implementation works for farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders.”
Items to note:
- The proposed rule would provide clarity and consistency for farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders across the country, specifically regarding the limits and jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. More information about the proposed rule can be found here.
- The EPA will take comment on the proposal for 60 days. More information about submitting comments to the agencies regarding the proposed rule can be found here.