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 22 are not.
The AFBF is leading a coalition of business groups in asking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia in Brunswick to extend a previous injunction on 11 states to the remaining 22 states where the rule is in effect.
Most recently, Iowa was added to the list of now 28 states not under the jurisdiction of the rule thanks to a ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota on Sept. 18.
A South Carolina court recently ruled EPA violated the Administrative Procedures Act in finalizing a suspension rule that delayed WOTUS until 2020. As a result, the 2015 rule took effect in Iowa and a number of other states. Currently, the EPA is preparing a new rule redefining waters of the United States.
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