Friday, August 28, 2015

Sen. Boozman & Rep Hill Statements on Injunction Against EPA’s WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today praised U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in North Dakota for granting a preliminary injunction requested by Arkansas and twelve other states against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.

“This injunction comes just in time as the EPA’s overreaching rule was slated to go into effect today. Thankfully, Judge Erickson recognized that this mandate goes well beyond the scope of the Clean Water Act and its implementation carries ‘the risk of irreparable harm to the states.’

This is an important first step in the legal battle and I commend Attorney General Rutledge for her leadership in this case. I know she is committed to seeing this fight through to the end. Our Congressional delegation is as well. While the legal battles continue, my colleagues and I are pursuing legislative fixes to the mess the EPA has created.

During my agriculture tour last week, Arkansans regularly spoke of the devastating effects WOTUS would have on their personal property rights. They see this as yet another abuse of executive authority by President Obama. Arkansans don’t need bureaucrats in Washington telling them how to use their land. We can do this best by protecting the role of states, local communities and private citizens to be a part of the process, instead of giving all power to Washington.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following statement after the U.S. District Court of North Dakota granted a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which was scheduled to go into effect this week:

“This Administration has consistently exceeded its authority and ignored input from relevant stakeholders when making crucial decisions affecting the American people and our economy. In the case of the WOTUS rule, our state and local communities know best how to regulate and manage our natural resources. Judge Erickson’s injunction is an important first step in stopping this regulatory overreach from causing major economic harm to farmers and ranchers in Arkansas and across America.”

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