Trump Sends WOTUS Back for Review

Cindy Zimmerman

President Trump thanks EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he prepares to sign executive order on WOTUS

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule under the Clean Water Act.

“(This) is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land…it’s been a disaster,” said President Trump during the White House signing ceremony. “It’s a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name, but everything else is bad.” President Trump signs WOTUS order

Immediately after the signing, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the news to Farm Bureau members at the 2017 FB Advocacy Conference being held just outside of Washington DC. Pruitt says he has already set the ball in motion with official action after the executive order was signed. “Relief is on the way with respect to withdrawing the Waters of the United States rule,” he said to applause.

“As EPA administrator, we’re going to focus on rule of law,” Pruitt continued. “No agency has power that Congress has not given them – that’s called rule of law.”

Listen to Pruitt’s comments here: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at FB Advocacy Conference

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