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Trump orders EPA to review Clean Water Rule

CTBR Staff Writer Published 02 March 2017

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review the "Waters of the United States" Rule.

The President’s order asks the EPA to initiate the process of withdrawing and reviewing of the clean water rules brought about by his predecessor, Barack Obama in 2015.

Trump in his order said that it is in the nation’s interest that its navigable waters are ensured to be pollution free.

Trump said “It is such a horrible, horrible rule.

“It has such a nice name, but everything about it is bad.”

At the same time, promotion of economic growth, keeping regulatory uncertainty at minimum, and showing due respect to the roles of the Congress and the States under the Constitution were important, said the order.

Trump has asked the EPA Administrator and the Army for Civil Works Assistant Secretary to review the "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States” rule for consistency in line with the executive order. 

Responding to the President’s order, EPA has stated that it plans to immediately execute the order. It will also submit a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as per the President’s order to recall and change the rule.

The clean water rule brought by Obama had been contested for long by farmers, ranchers, real estate developers among others, who complained that it could lead to heavy restrictions and fines for even small violations, reported the Los Angeles Times.