Rep. Ken Buck lauds Trump administration move to rewrite controversial Waters of the U.S. rule
June 27, 2017
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., on Tuesday praised the Trump administration's proposal to repeal former President Barack Obama's Waters of the U.S. rule.
"I applaud the administration's decision to roll back this overreaching WOTUS rule," the Windsor Republican said in a news release. "Farmers and ranchers across Colorado will now be free from Washington bureaucrats who want to regulate every small body of water on their private property."
Waters of the U.S., a rule that went into effect in 2015, clarifies the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army under the Clean Water Act in cases of smaller bodies of flowing water.
The rule came under fire from many industries, including agriculture, oil and gas and construction, for its vague terminology and ambiguity. Supporters of the rule have said it's an important step in protecting waters vital for the health of local communities and the success of businesses.
“Farmers and ranchers across Colorado will now be free from Washington bureaucrats who want to regulate every small body of water on their private property.
— Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo.
Buck said he is encouraged by the Trump administration's plan to rewrite the WOTUS rule, and he encouraged the EPA to empower states and local stakeholders in determining how to regulate water resources, instead of Washington officials.