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Gov. Hutchinson Applauds EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Proposal to Rescind 2015 Clean Water Rule
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today issued a statement applauding a proposal from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and the Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and return to the previous regulatory status.
In 2015, under President Obama, the EPA instituted new rules clarifying which bodies of water could be regulated by the federal government under the Clean Water Act. Known as the Clean Water Rule, these guidelines significantly increased the EPA’s authority to regulate small waterways.
“Arkansas is a state that supports clean water and has taken great strides to protect and enhance our natural environment,” Governor Hutchinson said. “As communicated in my recent letter to Administrator Pruitt, I support clear and efficient regulations and a more balanced partnership with the states. I commend the EPA, Administrator Pruitt, and the Army Corps of Engineers for withdrawing the burdensome requirements and federal overreach of the 2015 Clean Water Rule.”
A ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals had halted implementation of the Clean Water Act after determining that the rule likely constituted regulatory overreach. If the rule is officially rescinded, the power to regulate ponds, wetlands and other non-navigable bodies of water would return to the states.
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