Entries by Erica Mitchell

DTN THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER: Texas Court Asked to Vacate 2015 WOTUS

Three states, along with the American Farm Bureau Federation, asked a federal court in Texas on Thursday to vacate the 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule in the latest in a long series of court actions.   In separate motions filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Galveston, […]

FEEDSTUFFS: WOTUS challenges continue in Texas, Georgia

A 2015 rule that expands the federal government’s control over private land nationwide should be vacated in its entirety, attorneys argued in papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.   The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and a broad coalition of business groups, along with the state of Texas and others, […]

DTN THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER: WOTUS Merits Argued in Georgia Court

The future of the 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule may be decided in a district court in Georgia, as the American Farm Bureau Federation and supporters of the Obama-era rule have asked a court there to decide on its merits.   For the past three years, the WOTUS rule has been hung up by dozens of lawsuits […]

INSIDE EPA: Wheeler Vows To Unveil ‘Clear’ CWA Jurisdiction Proposal Within 30 Days

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the agency within 30 days will unveil its proposal for a new “clean and straightforward” Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction standard that follows the water law and confusing Supreme Court precedent, and which is expected to be narrower in scope than the Obama-era rule it will replace.   “As we’re moving forward on waters of […]

HIGH PLAINS/MIDWEST AG JOURNAL: Opinion: Eric Bohl: WOTUS given new life by federal judge

The election of President Trump seemed to spell relief for those concerned about WOTUS’s overreach. Soon after being sworn into office, the President announced his intention to rescind WOTUS and replace it with a more reasonable regulation. The new regulation would be tailored to provide legal clarity without overreaching the federal government’s jurisdiction.   The […]

INSIDE EPA: Industry renews bid for nationwide bar on 2015 CWA rule

An industry coalition is renewing its push for a court order that would block implementation of the 2015 Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule nationwide, urging a federal district judge in Georgia to expand the scope of her current injunction barring implementation of the rule in 11 states to cover the entire United States.   The Sept. 26 motion filed jointly […]


The waters of the United States saga continues, as the American Farm Bureau Federation asked a federal court in Georgia on Wednesday to issue a national injunction on the 2015 WOTUS rule.   A series of ongoing court actions has left the rule in a state of chaos, as currently 28 states are exempted and […]