Trump to order review of Obama rule on waterways

A senior White House official said the problem with the rule is that it "vastly expands jurisdiction into state and local areas and vastly expands federal jurisdiction over state waters".

He also says the rule has been "a disaster".

The president called the rule "one of the worst examples of federal regulations", saying it burdened farmers, ranchers and homebuilders by extending the EPA's authority to "include any puddle".

President Trump's newest executive orders will target a water protection rule and elevate an initiative on historically black colleges and universities into the White House. "The administration can not stop water flowing downhill - and we all live downstream".

Supporters of the Clean Water rule, like Kelly, say the law was instituted to protect drinking water and to advance the national goal of making all water In the United States "fishable, swimmable and drinkable". "I look forward to working with the administration on commonsense environmental policies that conserve our natural resources for the next generation while continuing to encourage economic development".

A federal court blocked WOTUS in 2015 after 32 states sued to have the rule overturned. Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick to head the EPA, was attorney general for Oklahoma at the time and one of the parties to the lawsuit.

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The rule has also been legally challenged by more than 30 states and numerous environmental groups on both procedural and substantive grounds. McAliley pointed to how long it took the Obama administration to complete the WOTUS rulemaking: The EPA announced the creation of the scientific advisory board to advise on technical issues surrounding the rule in March 2013; the notice of proposed rulemaking was issued in April 2014, and the final rule was issued in June 2015.

Trump wants the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to examine the regulations.

"The WOTUS rule sought to hand control of land-use planning decisions to out-of-touch activists and government regulators in New York, San Francisco and Washington", Weber said.

The rule "is grounded in science and the law so that our streams and wetlands can keep us healthy and safe, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, and attractive places to recreate", Knodel said.

"The flawed WOTUS rule has proven to be nothing more than a federal land grab, aimed at telling farmers and ranchers how to run their businesses", Zippy Duvall, AFBF president, said in a release.

Accounting for about three-fifths of all American waterways, the rule granted the EPA authority over a broad swath of the USA rivers, lakes, and ponds, and limited how many of those were eligible for individual case-by-case analyses.