EPA Chief Applauds Trump Executive Order Ending Gov't 'Power Grab'

"Farmers and ranchers have been calling for a common-sense approach to regulatory reform, and today the Trump administration responded to that call". The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, based in Cincinnati, ordered it halted in 2015 while numerous lawsuits challenging the rule wind their ways through the court system.

Trump's executive order is titled, "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism and Economic Growth by Reviewing the "Waters of the United States" rule".

The Senate meanwhile is poised to vote on rolling back two other rules passed by the Obama administration to protect public lands and air quality. Assn. v. State Farm that any decision to rescind a rule falls under the same "arbitrary and capricious" test that must be met when a rule is imposed. The case has been in the courts ever since, and the rule has never actually been implemented.

Trump said during the signing that the Clean Water Act should apply only to navigable waters that affect interstate commerce.

Environmentalists, hunters and fishing groups said protecting smaller waterways was essential to keeping the larger downstream waters they feed clean.

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the lone Republican in the delegation, praised Trump's executive order. His criticism included the water rule, which farmers and landowners have also complained places an undue burden on their business operations.

Later Tuesday, Trump was expected to sign another executive order created to assist historically black colleges and universities. Given the complex nature of the rule and the controversy surrounding it, that review could take a very long time.

"The President's action today preserves a federal role in protecting water, but it also restores the states' important role in the regulation of water", he said.

"This rule will provide the clarity and certainty businesses and industry need about which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act, and it will ensure polluters who knowingly threaten our waters can be held accountable", stated Obama.

"Since being elected to represent central NY in Congress, I have heard from countless farmers across Onondaga, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties about the disastrous impact this would have on small family farms", Katko said in a statement.

Trump has stated since the campaign trail that the EPA would be one of his primary targets, citing the Clean Water Rule as a key culprit of government overreach, according to The Hill. American sportsmen and sportswomen call on the Administration to protect headwater streams and valuable wetlands, keystones of America's clean water and hunting and fishing heritage.

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