WASHINGTON—Today, President Trump signed an executive order requiring that the EPA review and amend the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” regulation to ensure that it promotes economic growth and minimizes regulatory uncertainty.
“The Obama Administration hampered our economy with regulations that changed too often and sometimes even contradicted each other. Today’s executive order is a first step that will bring certainty to industry and ensure that Louisiana’s energy, agriculture and construction sectors can bring good paying jobs to our communities and families.”
RESTORING THE RULE OF LAW, FEDERALISM, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH BY RESCINDING THE “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES” RULE
Policy Issue: Waters of the United States (WOTUS) EPA regulations
Summary: Requires the EPA and other applicable departments to review the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” regulation and ensure it promotes economic growth and minimizes regulatory uncertainty. The EO then requires agencies to rescind or revise aspects of WOTUS that are incompatible with this new policy guidance.
To read the full executive order, click here.
This executive order would not impact Louisiana’s authority to regulate its surface and underground waterways within the state.
In June of 2015, Dr. Cassidy delivered remarks on the Senate floor about the harmful consequences the EPA’s WOTUS rule would have on Louisiana. To watch his remarks, click here.
Last Congress (114th), Dr. Cassidy co-sponsored S. 1140 – The Federal Water Quality Protection Act with 46 other Senators, including four Democrats. He also co-sponsored S.J. Res 22, a disapproval resolution on the WOTUS rule.