New federal water pollution rule draws mixed reaction

Rule to redefine which waters of the United States are covered under federal agencies aimed to bring definition in line with Supreme Court ruling

By: - August 30, 2023 4:36 pm
A Lesser Golden Plover sits in a section of wetland in Barrow, Alaska

A Lesser Golden Plover sits in a section of wetland in Barrow, Alaska. Federal officials have released new rules for applying the Clean Water Act to wetlands after a Supreme Court decision limited its scope in May 2023. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

“The Supreme Court rightfully reined in the Biden administration’s EPA regulatory overreach in Sackett. However, the EPA’s revised rule ignores the very concerns laid out in the case,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, in an emailed statement. “I’ve long fought against expansive WOTUS overreach, and I will continue to do so as America’s farmers, ranchers and landowners face regulatory assault from the federal government.”

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.