12 Feb '18, 9pm

What you need to know about Scott Pruitt’s move to suspend the Waters of the United States rule. https://t.co/pzHo5qsZ4b

We live in a nation of laws and rules for a reason. They make democracy possible – which is also why the Trump administration’s decision last week to delay a 2015 clean water regulation is so dangerous. The Waters of the United States rule, also known as WOTUS, sought to clarify which wetlands and small waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act of 1972. As with all rule-making, the policy went through lengthy reviews and public comment periods before being finalized – and as is expected anytime a significant policy is enacted, it landed in court. The legal uncertainty – heightened late last month when the U.S. Supreme Court sent the WOTUS case back to district courts, paving the way for the policy’s implementation in 37 states – is what the administration is now seizing on. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt decided to suspend the polic...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/02/05/why-epas-suspension-w...

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