The EPA’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule has proven largely unpopular since it was enacted in May of 2015. Now, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) say they have introduced a resolution that “expresses the need to vacate” the rule.
WOTUS expanded the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers authority under the Clean Water Act and was highly and almost universally criticized in the agriculture industry as a prime example of federal government overreach.
In a statement, Fischer called WOTUS “completely unprecedented.”
“This rule would hurt all Nebraskans: families, communities, ag producers and businesses,” she says. “This resolution signifies our intent to quickly get to work to stop WOTUS in its tracks once the new administration takes office.”
Ernst, meanwhile, calls WOTUS a “power grab” and wants farmers, landowners and others to be able to manage their land “without the heavy hand of the EPA determining their every move.”
Fischer and Ernst acknowledge the Clean Water Act as vial to protecting water resources, but they contend that WOTUS goes too far and violates the CWA’s original intent.