Trump Administration seeks to delay and replace 2015 WOTUS rule

Kerry Clines

November 14, 2017

NSSGAWhile the U.S. Supreme Court considers the jurisdiction of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS), the White House is considering an  amendment to delay the 2015 rule and allow time for the Administration to propose a new WOTUS rule, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association reports.

The Trump administration recently proposed to withdraw the old WOTUS rule and replace it with a clearer one. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comments until Nov. 28, 2017, on what should be included in a new WOTUS rule. The NSSGA submitted comments focused on the clear exemptions needed in a new rule, such as pits and quarries, water treatment systems, dry streambeds, and isolated waters. The NSSGA created a template that can be customized by member companies to support NSSGA’s positions on WOTUS and submit it to the EPA online.

“NSSGA continues to support this effort so that members are not subject to the uncertainty that the 2015 WOTUS rule would have created,” said Ashley Amidon, NSSGA senior director of government affairs, in a press release. “NSSGA members should take advantage of this opportunity to partner with EPA in order to create a new and balanced rule.” 

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