"EPA's announcement today doesn't solve anything, but merely takes another road to potentially expand its own jurisdiction through the Clean Water Act," said Vitter. "While EPA seemingly noticed the American people's opposition to its earlier guidance to define ‘waters of the United States,' I'm afraid they are moving forward with the same expensive regulations and requirements in mind."
Earlier this year, Sens. Vitter and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) led a group of 30 Senators in urging the Administration to withdraw draft guidance to define "waters of the United States" under the CWA. Click here to read more.
The release of EPA's draft report entitled, "Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters," accompanied EPA's announcement that it would withdraw the guidance and could potentially be used in an attempt to justify expansive rulemaking.