House Passes Anti “Waters of the U.S.” Bill
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U. S. House passed the "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act” (HR 5078) on September 9.
The bill would require the EPA and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to withdraw the proposed rule for redefining “Waters of the United States” and would instead require them to work with relevant state and local officials to develop recommendations, essentially sending them back to the drawing board.
As reported in PLNA e-News in April, the EPA announced a proposal to greatly broaden the definition of "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS) for the purposes of the Clean Water Act. If adopted the new definition would significantly expand federal authority of land and water resources across the country, with the potential of triggering additional permitting and regulatory requirements
For more on the WOTUS rule go to the AmericanHort website AmericanHort.com.
There are significant doubts that the Senate will take up the legislation although pressure is being placed on vulnerable Senate Democrats. In addition, the White House has issued a veto threat if the bill happens to pass both chambers.
The odds of seeing this bill become law are pretty small with the 2013-2014 Congress nearing its final days.