House Passes Resolution to Disapprove WOTUS

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to disapprove the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule by a vote of 253-166. The rule would have redefined the waters of the US to give government jurisdiction of water bodies such as tributaries, ditches, and trenches that could impact resources downstream.

Over the summer of 2015, 18 states sued the government. In October 2015, a Cincinnati federal appeals court halted the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing the act.

Supporters of the rule claimed the rule would not expand the Clean Water Act's coverage or add new permitting requirements, but opponents were concerned about the impact the rule would have on land use, particularly as it pertained to agriculture and construction.

The resolution passed the Senate last November but now goes to President Barack Obama who has warned he will veto the legislation.

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