AG Hawley Urges EPA to Abolish Job-Killing Waters Rule

Sep 29, 2017, 08:50 AM
Sep 29, 2017, 08:48 AM

Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley called on the EPA to permanently abolish the 2015 Waters of the United States rule. Missouri has fought the rule in court.  

Attorney General Hawley and 24 other attorneys general sent the EPA a letter Wednesday calling on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to fully eliminate the Obama-era rule and enforce pre-existing rules until more concise language can be adopted.  

“This rule targeted Missouri farmers, threatening their very livelihood. And it plainly violates the Constitution,” Hawley said. “It is time to kill it forever. I will continue to fight back against federal overreach to defend Missouri farmers and Missouri jobs.”  

The Obama-era regulation, if implemented, would have taken jurisdiction over natural resources from states and put it in the hands of federal agencies. This included almost any body of water, such as isolated streams, hundred-year floodplains and roadside ditches. 

States that signed the letter include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 

Read a copy of the letter