President Trump revoked the EPA’s ‘Clean Water‘ Act aka WOTUS (Waters of the United States). It has been described by Republicans, farmers and industrial groups as an EPA power grab because it extends the reach of their authority giving the agency more power over water that is not physically connected to the United States. Thirty-two states filed against the EPA on the WOTUS because they have tried to have exclusive power over all ‘navigable water‘ including water not directly connected to the US. Trump has ordered federal officials to interpret the term ‘navigable water‘ to be consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia where it will be considered ‘relatively permanent, standing or flowing bodies of water’ and not these ephemeral or navigable waters. Farmers all over the country are relieved at this news.
from Young Conservatives:
Trump wants the EPA to make sure “waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty.” He also want to make sure the rule respects the role of states and Congress. The standard Trump is recommending that accounts both for protecting water and protecting the rights of landowners? The Scalia standard. Sounds like a great plan, a Scalia standard protecting the Constitution plus protecting the rights of landowners and businesses.