Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne Applauds Trump Rule Overturning Obama-Era ‘Waters of the US’ Rule

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Sep 12, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) made the following statement after today’s announcement that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have finalized a rule repealing the Obama-era waters of the US (WOTUS) proposed rule.

Byrne said: “Today’s announcement is great news for Alabama farmers and landowners who have been justifiably concerned by the legally dubious and overly burdensome WOTUS rule. This misguided regulation would have expanded federal jurisdiction far beyond what the Clean Water Act intended and amounted to a power grab by government bureaucrats.

“I thank President Trump for delivering on this campaign promise, and I am committed to advocating for policies that empower people, not Washington bureaucrats, to protect our land and water.”

Congressman Byrne has long advocated against the Obama-era rule that would redefine “navigable waterways” to include everything from a family pond to small ditches and would have subjected farmers, foresters, municipalities, and small businesses to additional federal regulation and added compliance costs.