Wyoming delegation applauds repeal of Waters of the United States rule

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., applauded the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing final plans to repeal and replace the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation.


“I am glad the administration is repealing the excessively burdensome Waters of the United States rule, which was a massive regulatory overreach that should have never been allowed in the first place,” Enzi said. “This rule gave the federal government power to regulate nearly every creek or pond. States know best how to manage our resources. This announcement is good news for our farmers, ranchers and small businesses. I look forward to reviewing the final rule.”

“The WOTUS rule would have put backyard ponds, puddles, and prairie potholes under Washington’s control,” said Barrasso. “I applaud the Trump administration for working to remove this outrageous regulation. Americans deserve clean water and clear rules. We need rules that protect water and respect local authority.”

“President Trump’s efforts to repeal the Obama-era WOTUS rule is another crucial promise made and kept to Wyoming and rural communities throughout the nation,” said Cheney. “The previous administration’s WOTUS rule was not only misguided, it was an unconstitutional power grab that jeopardized Wyoming’s ranchers, farmers, and private landowners. Today’s announcement is another significant step taken by this administration to reduce unnecessary regulations and restore power to the states, where it belongs.”

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