Senators Introduce Resolution to Roll Back WOTUS

January 13, 2017 08:08 AM
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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.

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Spell Check

Canton, ME
1/16/2017 07:43 AM

  Yes, let's just scrap the whole bloody thing instead of just taking another closer look at it and coming up with a compromise. Yes, let’s alienate the individuals who really care about the environment and world we live in, slap them in the face. This roll it all back and gut it attitude is going to so divide this country. Not even trying to compromise but instead gut and remove and is going to rip this country apart at the seams. I see nothing but strife and internal conflict that may spell the end of this Republic. Over half the country DID NOT give this administration a mandate to do this! I have never been any kind of activist, never had enough cause to be one. Well that’s about to change and I think I’m not alone. There are plenty of us that have always sat on the side-lines because things just weren’t bad enough. Well folks that has NOW changed. LOOK OUT because we are leaving the safety and comfort of the side-lines and are about to go active!

John Herlihy
1/16/2017 09:49 AM

  Keith, obviously you cannot reag. here is thier quote "Fischer and Ernst acknowledge the Clean Water Act as vial to protecting water resources, ". It says nothing about trashing the whole thing. You are just crying wolf to get people agitated. You do not own any land, so you have no clue what this does on the farm and how nervous people are to even put in a return ditch as that will be construed as WOTUS. Do some research before you go off on a tangent and spread the wrong information.

Western, NE
1/16/2017 11:04 AM

  I don't know why we're trying to put the CWA in a "vial." Too bad the writers don't proofread just a little more. Kudos go to Deb Fischer and Joni Ernst. Waters of the United States rule needs to be rolled back. I understand that the Chesapeake Bay watershed needed to be scrutinized and that was the premise of WOTUS. The Clean Water Act in itself was the result of unscrupulous businesses dumping hazardous and flammable waste in our rivers. The Cuyahoga river in Ohio I believe even caught fire because of the dumping. Was that caused by farmers making a return water ditch to a holding pond that can be used to re-water the ground? Probably not. The majority of farmers and ranchers honestly do what's necessary to protect their land and water resources. It takes just a couple of rotten apples to spoil it for the rest of us. Once that happens, we get the overreach we see with WOTUS or with any other stringent regulation. By the way, where was fellow Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse with all of this? Probably jacking off in the corner as usual!


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