Young Shares Statement on Executive Action on WOTUS Rule
Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today issues the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s actions on the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule represents so much of what was wrong with the Obama administration – a sweeping expansion of federal jurisdiction, undermining the integrity of longstanding federal-state partnerships, ignoring the opposition of local stakeholders and majority of states – all through the unilateral action of a federal agency. This is absolutely the wrong way to govern.
“I’m pleased to see the Trump administration take this action – an effort that closely reflects the work of Congress – to review and ultimately eliminate this shortsighted rule. If allowed to stand, there’s no question this rule would have created insurmountable hurdles for even the most basic activity and development in Alaska – resulting in endless litigation, higher costs, and prolonged delays across every corner of our already sensitive economy.
“When the dust settles and this review is complete, I believe the findings will clearly show the Obama-era EPA exceeded its authority, failed to properly respect existing legal precedent established by the Supreme Court, and disregarded states’ rights under the CWA. I am hopeful this action represents the beginning of the end for the WOTUS rule.