EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler reacts to Trump's environmental speech on 'Your World'.
Repeal is step one, Wheeler said.
Environmentalists say Mr. Trump's push to loosen clean-water regulations represents an assault on the nation's streams and wetlands at a moment when Mr. Trump has repeatedly declared his commitment to "crystal-clean water". Americans drained about half of the 220 million acres of wetlands in the contiguous United States between the 1780s and 1980s, most of it to expand farmland.
But the Obama-era rule has been under attack from Trump and conservatives for years.More news: Kim Clijsters planning shocking WTA Tour comeback
Many businesses have opposed the WOTUS rule, arguing that it was overly broad. United States, restricted the federal government's regulatory authority to bodies of water with a somewhat permanent flow.
In a 2006 decision, Rapanos v. Justice Scalia, joined by three other Justices, issued a plurality opinion for the Court, with a separate concurring opinion by Justice Kennedy, and a dissenting opinion written by Justice Stevens with three other Justices joining. "Montanans can never take clean water for granted and reject any effort to dirty our water", said Aaron Murphy, executive director of the Montana Conservation Voters, in a statement.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, "Farmers and ranchers share the goal of ensuring clean water, but the 2015 Waters of the United States rule was unreasonable and unworkable".
The Humane Society International says, "We are excited to see the EPA reinforce its commitment with today's pathbreaking announcement, which heralds a new era for animals in laboratories". "We are going to get caught in a position where we won't really be able to regulate chemicals in the US", University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental health scientist Laura Vandenberg says to Nature. We haven't finalized the second step, here. Third, this rule is created to be replaced by the forthcoming revised definition, so even if it takes effect, it will likely be short lived and could lead to confusion about what definition of WOTUS is technically in effect if violations occur in the interim.
Congressman Smith led the fight against it, authoring a bill repealing WOTUS which made it to President Obama's desk in 2016 before being vetoed. "We need more - not less - protection for clean water".
Wheeler added that the EPA's new definition "will provide greater regulatory certainty for farmers, landowners, home builders, and developers nationwide".More news: Military Keeps Info on N.Korea's Latest Missile from Public
"I'm not in a rush to meet artificial deadlines", he said.
"Let's just call it what it was, an example of the worst kind of regulatory overreach", said U.S. Sen.
"Clearly the administration is intent on rolling back as many protections as it can before January of 2021", he said.
Supporters of the administration, however, are eager for the change.More news: US Democrats pressure Republicans by advancing gun control bills