End of Burdensome Rule Good for Alabama, Byrne Says
Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the 2015 Waters of the United States regulation proposed by former President Obama.
Byrne said: “The Trump Administration is absolutely right to rescind the misguided and burdensome ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule. Not only has the legality of the rule been questioned by federal courts, but it would have had a devastating impact on Alabama farmers, foresters, and landowners. By putting a stop to this flawed rule, we can focus on policies that actually work in protecting and preserving our natural resources without unnecessarily harming hardworking Americans.”
The proposed rule sought to redefine “navigable waterways” to include everything from a family pond to small ditches. This new definition would have subjected farmers, foresters, municipalities, and small businesses to additional federal regulation and added compliance costs.
Congressman Byrne has strongly opposed the regulation since it was first proposed, and he has voted previously on legislation to block the regulation from taking effect.