Alexander: Appeals Court is Right to Halt White House Overreach on Burdensome “Mud Puddle” Rule

Says 6th Circuit ruling will relieve farmers in Tennessee and nationwide from regulation while Congress considers law to replace it

Posted on October 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 9 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., released the following statement today about the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision  to stay enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ Waters of the United States rule.

The rule went into effect on Aug. 28, and it greatly expanded the regulatory definition of a “navigable” waterway subject to the Clean Water Act.

“The Obama Administration’s expansion of the Waters of the United States Rule is yet another example of burdensome regulation being placed on some of our country’s hardest working folks. The 6th Circuit’s ruling today to stay the rule will help farmers in Tennessee and across the nation and will give Congress time to consider legislation to prevent the EPA and Army Corps from enforcing a rule so broad it could affect mud puddles on a farmer’s field.”

Alexander has cosponsored the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which will prohibit EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing the Waters of the United States Rule and require the agencies to consult with state and local governments and small businesses on the development of a new rule.

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