EPA Announces Intent to Revise Definition of WOTUS

The EPA plans to repeal and rewrite the definition of water of the United States, or WOTUS. The EPA announced Wednesday it will repeal the Trump-era Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which replaced the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. rule.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan states, “the EPA and Department of the Army have determined that this rule is leading to significant environmental degradation.”

A review of the rule requested by President Biden claims stakeholders are seeing destructive impacts to critical water bodies. The Department of Justice Wednesday filed a motion requesting remand of the rule without vacating it. The EPA, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, say they will rework the rule to protect water resources and communities consistent with the Clean Water Act.

The agencies say the new rule will reflect input from landowners, agriculture, and state and local governments, along with environmental groups.

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