WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies – today expressed disappointment with the final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) this week.
“It is unfortunate the administration continues to move forward with this deeply flawed regulation aimed at expanding their regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act,” Sen. Moran said. “This is yet another example of unnecessary overreach by the Federal government into the lives of Kansans. This rule will hinder the rural economy and increase burdens for farmers, ranchers and small businesses. The EPA and USACE have once again ignored the clear objections of stakeholders from across the country in failing to withdraw the regulation.”
Sen. Moran is a cosponsor of the Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140), bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) that would protect the traditional navigable waters of the United States. The legislation protects farmers, ranchers and private landowners by directing the EPA and USACE to issue a revised WOTUS rule that does not include things such as isolated ponds, ditches, agriculture water, storm water, groundwater, floodwater, municipal water supply systems, wastewater management systems, and streams without enough flow to carry pollutants to navigable waters.