Thompson Praises Federal Court Decision to Block Harmful “Waters of the United States” Rule

Oct 9, 2015

Washington, DC – Congressman Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) today lauded a federal court decision to stop, nationwide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory action, entitled the Waters of the United States (WOTUS), which drastically expands the federal jurisdiction over state waters.  The stay will remain in place until the court issues its final ruling.

A previous federal court injunction had placed a stay upon the rule in states that had active lawsuits against the EPA, until the resolution of those cases.  In all other states, WOTUS took effect in late August.  Thompson issued the following statement on today’s court order:

“It was troubling that despite strong bipartisan concerns from Pennsylvania’s members of Congress, the state did not take the necessary steps to oppose this federal overreach. Today’s ruling is a step in the right direction, which will stave off a real threat to the Commonwealth’s economy. This ruling reaffirms the successes under the Clean Water Act and the intent behind the law. 

“WOTUS subjects a wide range of economic activity to federal permitting, including farming, flood control, energy production and infrastructure projects. Under the rule, private land owners could pay more than $100,000 in permits for routine maintenance activities in ditches and on-site ponds.  The rule would also trigger additional environmental reviews, which could extend projects for years, adding unnecessary costs for landowners, businesses, and local governments without tangible environmental benefits.”