Former Trump EPA Official Questions Court Order Striking Down Key Water Rule

On Aug. 30, Judge Rosemary Márquez of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, an Obama administration appointee, remanded and vacated the Trump administration’s 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR), drawing criticism from a former Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official and Senate Republicans. The NWPR had replaced the Obama administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule for interpreting the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the 1972 Clean Water Act. The Trump rule has been opposed by environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which has claimed the rule “misrepresents the science on streams and wetlands” and “poses substantial risk to our waters.” The rule has drawn support from farming and ranching organizations like the American Farm Bureau Federation, which has claimed that it would simplify complex jurisdictional issues and clarify that “usually dry areas should no longer be considered federally regulated water.” The Arizona …Read More

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