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WOTUS on Hold by Federal Judge, EPA Insist on Implanting Rule in Some States

WOTUS on Hold by Federal Judge, EPA Insist on Implanting Rule in Some States

A Federal Judge in North Dakota blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing its controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule Friday…but EPA says it will still implement WOTUS in some states.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo, North Dakota, issued the temporary injunction at the request of 13-states—while federal courts in Georgia and West Virginia declined the request. But Judge Erickson said the risk of “irreparable harm” to the states from giving the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers sweeping new control of U.S. waters is “both imminent and likely.”

American Farm Bureau Executive Director Dale Moore…

“We are very pleased that we have one of the courts in the land, North Dakota that stood up and told EPA that we think you have gone too far.”

But the question now is, does it apply outside the 13-states.  EPA insists it doesn’t and will implement WOTUS in the rest of the country. Farm Bureau, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and others say that’s wrong…

“I can only say we are disappointed because the court’s ruling in this particular case seems to point out a number of flaws in the rule as many of us in a variety of sectors have been pointing out for a couple of years.”

Moore is not surprised EPA is “pushing back,” but adds…

“This is also why we have been working very diligently over the August recess. Our grassroots members have been talking to Senators urging them to support legislature when they return in September to tell EPA to pull this rule down.”

Moore says there’s a “political undertone” in EPA’s insisting to move forward. He points to Army Corps concerns on WOTUS in inter-agency documents and says the courts, including the Supreme Court, and Congress have now said to EPA:  “you’re going too far on this.”'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.