Upton Applauds EPA Withdrawal of WOTUS Rule
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would withdraw its controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that would regulate ditches and standing water in farmers’ low-lying fields as federally regulated waterways:
“This is a big win for farmers and rural communities here in Southwest Michigan. I have joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle here in Congress on several different occasions in standing against this ill-advised government overreach. And in fact just today I met with blueberry farmers from Paw Paw and South Haven where we discussed the need for a resolution to this problem. I applaud the EPA and the Trump administration for ditching this harmful rule once and for all.”
In 2015, the U.S. House voted on a bipartisan basis to stop the WOTUS rule.