Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement applauding President Trump’s repeal of the Obama administration-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“I applaud President Trump and Administrator Wheeler for finalizing Step 1 of the WOTUS repeal. Since I got to the Senate, I’ve been fighting against the Obama administration’s WOTUS rule, which would have imposed crippling red-tape on North Carolina’s farmers and small businesses. Step 1 will preserve our nation’s water quality and will place all states on the same playing field under the Clean Water Act – eliminating the patchwork of regulations that caused confusion and uncertainty for farmers and landowners across the country.
"Under President Trump’s leadership, the EPA has saved the American people more than $3.7 billion dollars in regulatory costs by finalizing 46 deregulatory actions. I look forward to seeing Step 2 of the WOTUS repeal finalized so that we can provide flexibility to states, tribes, and localities to determine best water management practices. North Carolina’s farmers, landowners, and small businesses – not Washington bureaucrats— should be in charge of the land and water they own. This rule is a major win for rural North Carolina and I am thrilled to welcome the EPA Region 4 Administrator, Mary Walker, to North Carolina for the rollout of Step 1.”