Federal Spotlight: EPA begins rescinding Waters of the United States rule

June 29, 2017

In a victory for businesses, farmers and other landowners, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday that the EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers would begin the process of repealing the 2015 Clean Water rule, also known as Waters of the United States. The rule, established under the Obama administration, greatly expanded the definition of bodies of waters that should be protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act. Gov. Kim Reynolds praised the decision in a press release sent out on Tuesday.