ARVADA, Colo. — The Trump Administration appealed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule on Tuesday. June 27, nearly two years after it took effect. The August 2015 ruling significantly broadened the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act which not only concerned, but affected, ranchers and farmers across the country. Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) represents Colorado’s beef producers, and committed an unprecedented amount of time and resources to stop the ruling.
CCA enthusiastically supports the Administration’s efforts to rescind the 2015 WOTUS rule, along with numerous states and state groups involved with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Immediately after the issuance, the 2015 rule was challenged in multiple courts by all sides – 32 states and 53 non-state parties – including environmental groups, municipal entities, farmers, landowners, developers, businesses, and recreation groups.
Substantive and procedural concerns have been raised around the 2015 rule, including claims that it would extend jurisdiction and federal regulatory requirements beyond what the Clean Water Act allows, while imposing burdensome regulatory uncertainty. Evidence also shows that the rule was promoted through a rule-making process that failed to comply with mandatory procedural requirements, such as federalism consultation with state and local entities.
In October 2015, federal court orders recognized the serious concerns of the rule and stopped the agencies from implementing it nationwide. Since then, the agencies have continued to execute the previous regulations. The Administration’s actions on Tuesday continue that practice and maintain the status quo.
CCA stands by the country’s robust water quality regulations and laws that have ensured, and will continue to ensure; safe and clean water throughout the United States. Furthermore, CCA thanks its national affiliate, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), individual members, and local cattlemen’s organizations throughout the state for standing firm against the overt land and water property rights challenge.
— Colorado Cattlemen’s Association
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