Alexander: Trump Administration Takes Next Step to End Washington’s Excessive Regulation of Tennessee Farmers’ Mud Puddles

Posted on December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2018 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Trump Administration “has taken the next step to end Washington’s excessive regulation of Tennessee farmers’ mud puddles.”

“The Trump Administration’s new proposed Waters of the U.S. rule is good news for Tennessee farmers – it would end Washington’s excessive regulation on waters, streams and wetlands,” Alexander said. “I’ve been the fighting the Obama Administration regulation since it was announced in 2015 because it gave the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the ability to regulate nearly all of the water in the country, and raised costs for Tennessee families, farmers and businesses. I’m glad the Trump Administration has changed course.”

Alexander, who is chairman of the U.S. Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has cosponsored legislation to prohibit and voted in support of legislation to prohibit the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the Obama Administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) regulation.

The Obama Administration regulation went into effect on May 27, 2015, and expanded federal control over waters that were previously not subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. On June 27, 2017, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed rule to rescind the Obama Administration’s WOTUS rule. The Administration announced today its new proposed Waters of the U.S. rule that clarifies the federal government’s authority under the Clean Water Act and helps provide certainty to states, landowners, farmers and businesses. The proposed rule, which will go through a public notice and comment period, would limit federal control over waters to only traditional navigable waters that flow year-round or intermittently throughout the year and would not include streams that flow only after rainfall.