Tipton Applauds Judge’s Ruling on EPA Water Rule

WATER CONSERVATIONCongressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) called Friday’s Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling to block the nationwide implementation of the President’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule a “major victory for Western water users and private property rights.” The controversial WOTUS rule would have drastically expanded the regulatory scope of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over surface water, raising concerns from farmers, ranchers and other water users over increased federal interference with privately held water rights. In August, the District Court in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction that blocked the rule from moving forward in 13 plaintiff-states, including Colorado. Friday’s ruling blocks implementation of the rule nationwide. In May, the House passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732) to prohibit the EPA rule from going into effect. The House also passed a rider as part of H.R. 2028, the FY 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would prohibit the implementation of the rule. The Senate has not taken up either measure. Senator Cory Gardner also issued a statement applauding the rule, calling it a “victory for agriculture, rural communities, and all Coloradans”.

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