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Foxx Praises Decision to Scrap Flawed Water Rule

WASHINGTON – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today praised the Trump administration’s proposal to rescind the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“Federal agencies frequently place burdensome regulations on the American public, and the ‘Waters of the United States’ rule was no exception,” said Foxx. “It would have threatened the livelihood of North Carolina’s farmers and saddled local governments with exorbitant compliance costs. This common sense decision by the Trump administration is welcome news.”

In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a rule that would have significantly broadened the federal government’s power to regulate waters and adjacent lands under the Clean Water Act. The rule would have given the federal government jurisdiction over puddles, roadside ditches, irrigation ditches and storm and wastewater systems.


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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