EPA Spurns Public Comment, State Input: Finalizes WOTUS Rule [UPH Wire]

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*Contact: **Joe Spiering* <joe.spiering@mail.house.gov> *(202) 225-2311

*EPA Spurns Public Comment, State Input: Finalizes WOTUS Rule*

*Washington, D.C. (May 27, 2015) *– Today in spite of thousands of public
comments raising serious concerns, including from governors and
on-the-ground stakeholders throughout the country, the Environmental
Protection Agency has finalized the Waters of the United States (WOTUS)
rule. This rule marks an unprecedented federal seizure of management and
control over waters previously under state jurisdiction.
In response, Western Caucus Chairman *Cynthia Lummis* (WY-at large) issued
the following statement:
“It is simply incredible that the Administration has managed to so
thoroughly disregard the concerns of governors and stakeholders in what has
been a broken public process,” *said Chairman Lummis*. “This is nothing
short of a federal seizure of state waters, to the point where very few, if
any, water bodies will be left for the states to manage. Water rights,
economic growth, and local conservation efforts will suffer. Instead of
working with the local officials and state agencies who know their needs
the best, citizens will have to depend on a disconnected federal
bureaucracy for management of our most precious natural resource: our
water. With bipartisan bills addressing this rule being advanced through
both the House and Senate, Congress needs to step up and make sure the EPA
does not have final say over this.”

*Joe Spiering|Communications Director*
*Congressional Western Caucus*
2433 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
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