THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE: Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler outlines deregulation

A Dearing plant nursery was the backdrop for acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler to outline proposed changes to the “Waters of the U.S.” rule that determines which waters are subject to federal regulation. Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, has served as acting EPA administrator since the July resignation of Scott Pruitt amid […]

BUILDER: Opinion: Builders To Benefit From Revised WOTUS Rule

Builders scored a major victory at the end of 2018 when the Trump administration released its proposed new definition for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. This revised rule is a welcome reprieve from the 2015 WOTUS definition, which was confusing and a huge encroachment of federal authority. From the moment the 2015 […]

THE INTER-MOUNTAIN: Opinion: Protecting your backyard

Our office also remains actively involved in arguments to undo the Obama-era WOTUS rule, a regulation that, like the job-killing Power Plan, we stopped in its tracks. That crucial victory blocks the federal government from using the Obama-era rule to take control over almost any body of water, such as isolated streams, dry creek beds, […]

FARM PROGRESS: Commentary: Proposed clean water rule good for ag

At the Family Farm Alliance, we support the proposed actions to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which we viewed as a jurisdictional expansion that would create additional bureaucratic red tape. The 2015 Obama rule also impedes Western producers’ ability to manage the delivery and use of water to grow food and fiber for […]

THE SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE: Commentary: Utah farmers want clean water and clear rules

In early December 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency published for comment a new proposed clean water rule to replace the flawed 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule. The details will take some time to sort out — and there may be room for improvement on the latest proposal. But there’s no question that this is […]

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: EPA Nominee Andrew Wheeler Pledges to Ease Burdensome Environmental Regulations

Mr. Wheeler highlighted his success at delivering a long-promised proposal to narrow the definition of federal waterways protected under the Clean Water Act. “I believe that any property owner should be able to stand on his or her property and be able to tell for themselves whether or not they have waters of the U.S. on their […]

USA TODAY: Opinion: President Trump made the right pick for EPA: Sen. Barrasso

Since July, Mr. Wheeler has served as acting administrator. Under his leadership, EPA has issued commonsense policy regulations to protect our environment, while still allowing America’s economy to grow. Overreaching regulations such as the so-called Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States rule would have damaged our economy and cost Americans jobs with […]

THE DAILY CALLER: Trump Tells Farmers: ‘We’re Going To Get Government Off Your Backs’

President Donald Trump touted his administration’s repealing of the “Waters of the United States” rule, also known as WOTUS, while speaking at the 100th annual American Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. “We’re saving farmers and ranchers from one of the most ridiculous regulations ever imposed on anybody in our nation, the Waters of the […]

THE COUNTRY TODAY: Opinion: 2019 is off to a refreshing start

One new beginning in particular that agriculture is looking forward to this year is a new clean water rule — one that promises to be rooted in common sense. Thanks to the resolve of the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, America’s farmers and ranchers can expect a new […]

AGWEB: Farm Bureau President: WOTUS Fight Not Over

For the past five years, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has been telling lawmakers to “ditch the rule,” a reference to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act. This year, AFBF President Zippy Duvall has changed the chant to “clean water, clear rules.” Duvall, in his annual opening address […]