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Cramer Appreciates Continued Work By Trump Administration on WOTUS

Jun 27, 2017
Press Release


Recording: Audio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer issued the following statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) formally repealed the Obama Administration’s definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and reinstated the previous rule and guidance, which the government has been operating under since the nationwide injunction on October 9, 2015.

“Today’s action marks the end of step one in a two-step process to undo the Obama Administration’s overreach to even further expand the federal government’s control of our land.  This regulatory relief is not only important to our farmers, ranchers, and energy producers, but any individual or business wanting to undertake a construction project.  Reestablishing the federal government’s role to only navigable waters under any reasonable person’s definition will help unleash economic development and put power back in the hands of the people closest to a project’s impact.”

Moving forward, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will continue its work on a new definition as directed by President Trump in his February 28, 2017 Executive Order to be consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Congressman Cramer is supporting legislation – the Federal Regulatory Certainty for Water Act (H.R. 1261) – to clarify the definition of navigable waters in law.  The bill states that waters under federal jurisdiction must be navigable,  permanent, and continuously flowing bodies of water that form streams, oceans, rivers, and lakes.  The bill also specifically excludes waters with flows that are intermittent, ephemeral, or wetlands that lack a continuous surface water connection with the previously described bodies of water.