Sep 12 2019


The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.
…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.”

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