March 24th, 2017
‘Federal Wetland Funding’
By James D. York, P.A.
President Trump kept a campaign promise to reduce federal regulations by signing an executive order to start a review of Obama-era federal wetlands rules.
The previous administration redefined “waters of the United States” to include wetlands and small creeks, to include them in Clean Water Act protection. Reactions from landowners, farmers, and builders resulted in pending lawsuits by 25+ states.
The rule has never been implemented. Trump called it "one of the worst examples of federal regulation" that he said "has truly run amok… It’s been a disaster. (The EPA) could regulate nearly every puddle or ditch on a farmer’s land or any place else that they decide.”
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Craig Uden called the rule one of the "largest federal land grabs and private-property infringements in American history. (It) should be taken out behind the barn and put out of its misery," he said.
On the other hand, Gina McCarthy, a former EPA administrator, said that Trump was "putting our nation's health, economy and our national security at increased risk.” And Madeleine Foote of the League of Conservation Voters agreed. "This executive order is about one thing: protecting polluters at the expense of our communities and their access to clean drinking water," she said.
Tuesday’s ruling will likely result in a years-long review process that ends up in court—perhaps even the Supreme Court. So stay tuned. And call us with any questions about how this might affect your property.
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