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Jaime Herrera Beutler Applauds EPA Proposal to Repeal “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

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Washington, D.C., June 28, 2017 | comments
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) move to withdraw the Water of the United States rule.
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U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) move to withdraw the Water of the United States rule.

“Land owners, farmers, and business owners in Southwest Washington just got one step closer to an important measure of relief. The Trump Administration just announced its decision to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule, which made ditches, man-made ponds, and seasonally wet areas on private property subject to additional federal control and massive costs. I have consistently opposed this sweeping expansion of federal control that would upend 42 years of Clean Water Act policy that will do very little to protect our environment, yet could do so much to hurt farmers, small business operators, and important economic activity.”

Background:

The Obama Administration’s proposed definition of “Waters of the United States” changes four decades of Clean Water Act policy and expands the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ authority to regulate every ditch, man-made pond, and seasonally wet area on public and private property as “navigable waters.” 

The power given to these agencies would allow them to require a Clean Water Act permit for “navigable waters.” A Supreme Court case from 2006 cited:

·         A Clean Water Act permit costs $270,000 on average

·         Permits take an average of 788 days to obtain

·         Penalties for violation of the Clean Water Act can be up to $37,500 per day

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