New WOTUS Rule Appears Headed to the Courts

Environmental groups and Democratic states are already promising to sue over the new Waters of the U.S. rule, which the Trump administration calls the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule.”

Janette Brimmer, an attorney for Earthjustice, joined other environmentalists in calling the new rule “the dirty water rule.” “President Trump’s administration wants our waters to burn again,”said Brimmer.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation said, “The administration’s new definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ unravels safeguards in place since the landmark Clean Water Act first went into effect in 1972.”

The conservative-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation made a similar promise, calling the new rule not narrow enough.

If the challenges happen to make it to the Supreme Court, the administration is banking on being able to win the backing of five of the justices who have a novel interpretation of the limits of federal power laid out under the Clean Water Act.