Recently we happily shared that the Trump Administration finalized a rule delaying enforcement of the Obama Administration’s WOTUS Rule until 2020. That should be more than enough time for the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to rescind or revise WOTUS. But, alas, the fight isn’t over yet.
Since then a handful of states—led by California and New York—sued to invalidate the Trump Administration’s Delay Rule. Meanwhile environmental activists initiated separate lawsuits to force EPA and Army Corps to begin enforcing the WOTUS Rule. And even if the Trump Administration refuses to enforce WOTUS, environmental groups like Sierra Club won’t hesitate to sue landowners under the WOTUS Rule if the Delay Rule is invalidated in court.
Despite opposition, we’re fighting for full repeal of the WOTUS Rule. This won’t be the first time we’ve had to defend this Administration’s deregulatory measures in the face of frivolous legal challenges. For more on our efforts, check-out this post explaining why its essential for small business to eliminate the WOTUS Rule. Also, our readers might like this post explaining other deregulatory measures.