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Upton, House Advance Legislation to Stop Flawed EPA Overreach

The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 Stops EPA “WOTUS” Rule

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Washington, May 12, 2015 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, joined the majority of his House colleagues in advancing H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. H.R. 1732, which advanced through the House by a bipartisan vote of 261-155, aims to protect U.S. waters and stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s flawed “Waters of the U.S. Rule” proposal, commonly known as “WOTUS” Rule.  

“Tonight we came together and advanced common sense legislation that aims to fix a flawed proposed rule,” said Upton, who was an original co-sponsor of the legislation. “The proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule would have dire consequences for our Southwest Michigan economy and threaten jobs. Our bipartisan legislation aims to make life easier for Southwest Michigan farmers and private landowners, give local stakeholders a voice in the process, and provide fairness. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate in order to move this critical legislation to the president’s desk.”

In March 2014, the Obama administration announced the proposed “WOTUS” Rule, which would allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully regulate bodies of water on private lands. This controversial proposal would bring waters on private property, typically off-limits to federal regulation, under strict jurisdiction and permitting requirements. The rule was developed without first consulting with local and state authorities or examining the potential impact on Southwest Michigan citizens, farmers, and other stakeholders.  

H.R. 1732 ensures that local and state stakeholders have a renewed voice in this critical rulemaking process. It gives the EPA 30 days to withdraw the current flawed rule and charges the agency to develop a new proposed rule while performing real outreach and consultation with local stakeholders and those who would be most affected by the proposed rule.

For more information, including a list of groups supporting H.R. 1732, please click here.

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