Alexander has fought EPA and Army Corps of Engineers “mud puddle” regulation since it was first announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed rule to rescind the Obama administration’s “Waters of the United States” regulation:

“The Trump administration today has taken the next step toward stopping Washington regulation of Tennessee farmers’ mud puddles. I’ve been fighting this regulation since it was announced because it gave the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers the ability to regulate nearly all the water in the country. I’m glad President Trump and his administration are taking the next step toward stopping it.”

The proposed rule announced today would rescind the Obama administration’s expansion of the definition of “Waters of the United States” regulation. This new proposal will give power back to the states and help Tennessee’s farmers and businesses by giving them certainty about which regulations they have to comply with.

Alexander, who is chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has cosponsored legislation to prohibit and voted in support of legislation to prohibit the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” regulation.

The Obama Administration regulation went into effect on May 27, 2015, and expanded federal control over waters that were previously not subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. On Oct. 9, 2015, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that delayed enforcement of the Waters of the United States regulation.   back...
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