Blum Applauds Court Delay to WOTUS Implementation
“Iowa farmers, families, & small business owners are in the best position to protect our water”
Yesterday, a North Dakota federal judge issued an order blocking the immediate implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The Obama Administration is seeking to expand the jurisdiction of federal authority over local waterways and tributaries by removing control from individuals, farms, and small businesses. The proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was scheduled to take effect today. Although Iowa is not a party to the lawsuit, the order is expected to apply to all 50 states.
“I am relieved the judge issued this order to prevent the EPA and USACE from continuing the power grab of waterway authority from the states,” said Congressman Blum. “I believe that Iowa farmers, families, and small business owners are in the best position to protect our water resources, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to protect Iowans from this federal overreach. I hope that the President and his Administration will now come to the table and work with Congress to develop common sense rules that protect our natural resources without overly burdening our hard working citizens.”
Earlier this year, Mr. Blum led a letter for the inclusion of a prohibition of funding for the WOTUS rule in the FY 2016 appropriations process. Mr. Blum also cosponsored and voted for the bipartisan H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would roll back the WOTUS rule and require the EPA and USACE to work with local stakeholders as well as to take additional public comment on any reissued rule. The legislation awaits further action in the Senate.
*Update: The EPA has announced it will enforce WOTUS provisions in the 37 states not party to the lawsuit.
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman in Iowa’s 1st District. He is a member of the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform Committees.