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Judge Halts 2023 WOTUS Rule in Two States

AFBF Staff

photo credit: Eric Kelsey, Used with Permission

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on a U.S. District Court ruling to halt the 2023 Waters of the United States Rule in Texas and Idaho.

“AFBF is pleased the District Court ordered EPA and the U.S. Army Corps to halt implementation of the troubled 2023 WOTUS Rule in Texas and Idaho. The judge recognized the new rule likely oversteps EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act, which creates uncertainty for the farmers and ranchers who must navigate the complicated regulations.

“The District Court ruling also undermines the agencies’ rationale for pushing through this new rule before the Supreme Court rules in Sackett v. EPA. These legal challenges send a clear message to EPA that it should rewrite WOTUS to limit its scope to navigable waters. Farmers and ranchers share the goal of caring for the natural resources we’re entrusted with, but we need rules that don’t require a team of attorneys to interpret.”

Read the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ruling here.

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