Environment & Energy Report

Trump Orders Regulators to Rescind Obama Water Pollution Rule

Feb. 28, 2017, 10:37 PM

President Donald Trump ordered his administration to rescind and rewrite an Obama-era environmental rule that critics say gave the U.S. government too much power to regulate waterways nationwide.

Trump signed a directive Feb. 28 compelling the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” rule.

Trump called the rule “one of the worst examples of federal regulations,” saying it burdened farmers, ranchers and home-builders by extending the EPA’s authority to “include any puddle.” 

The Trump administration also will ask a federal court to halt consideration of a lawsuit from dozens...

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