WOTUS Hearings Lack Substance

The Waters Advocacy Coalition commented today on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers listening sessions held this month to identify issues that may arise from the Waters of the United States Rule. “The listening sessions held by the Corps and EPA on implementing the definition of WOTUS were disappointing, to say […]

Revised WOTUS rule ignores SCOTUS ruling

Final WOTUS rule leaves America’s job creators, landowners, and state and local governments in uncertainty.  Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2023) – Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC), composed of more than 40 organizations that represent a broad cross-section of small businesses, farmers, energy producers and job creators, released the following statement expressing serious concerns about the Environmental […]

FARM PROGRESS: SCOTUS WOTUS decision continues to reverberate

Shortly after the decision, EPA released a statement that it would interpret WOTUS consistently with the ruling in Sackett. Later, it announced it would issue a final rule by Sept. 1 to bring its 2023 WOTUS rule in line with the new decision. The Waters Advocacy Coalition, which represents 45 groups including the American Farm […]

CAPITAL PRESS: Advocacy coalition speaks out on WOTUS rewrite

A coalition of natural resource and industry organizations is urging the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider key components of the 2023 Waters of the United States rule as they revise it to align with the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision. The Waters Advocacy Coalition represents a cross-section of U.S businesses, […]

LAW360: States, Industry Growing Into New Clean Water Act Reality

At a June 22 budget hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Michael Connor said the Army Corps has paused making jurisdictional determinations and will not resume doing so until the final rule is issued. The freeze is frustrating project developers who have pending requests or […]

INSIDE EPA: Industry Warns Against Adopting Narrow View of Court Rulings in WOTUS

A broad industry coalition is urging the Biden administration against adopting “unduly narrow interpretations” of various Supreme Court rulings in its upcoming regulation amending the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), warning that doing so will lead to continuing legal uncertainty. The Waters Advocacy Coalition (WAC), an alliance whose members include mining, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, […]

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Waters Advocacy Coalition seeks revision to Biden WOTUS rule

A group of 45 industry leaders asked the Biden administration to revise its updated 2023 WOTUS rule text more closely with the Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA, arguing in a new letter that the rule was issued without proper input from Congress and from regulators, and is inconsistent with SCOTUS precedent. The groups, led by […]

RFD-TV: One group fears new WOTUS rule won’t bring needed clarity

As the EPA works toward its self-assigned September deadline for a new WOTUS rule, one group fears it will not deliver the needed clarity. The Waters Advocacy Coalition says that they are also concerned about the rapid timeline, and the fact there will be no public hearing. Courtney Briggs with the coalition says that a […]

AGDAILY: Coalition sends letter to EPA on WOTUS amid lack of public hearing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency intends to issue a final rule on the Waters of the United States by Sept. 1, 2023, amending the Biden WOTUS Rule. According to the notice, the agency is appearing to forego public comment and strike language from the rule related to the nexus test. In response, the Waters Advocacy Coalition, representing […]

IOWA AGRIBUSINESS RADIO: WOTUS change recommendations sent to President Biden

The latest rendering of the WOTUS had to be settled in the Supreme Court. In Sackett v. EPA, the court ruled that some of the WOTUS rules were not valid under the Clean Water Act. This means that the Administration and the EPA are going to have to make some changes. Courtney Briggs is the American […]