The Trump Administration plans to finalize its Waters of the United States definition this winter. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler heard from farmers about the rule during his visit to Bismarck. Wheeler told the Red River Farm Network he expects legal challenges for WOTUS. “That is why we were very careful in drafting our proposal to follow what the Clean Water Act said and follow the Supreme Court cases so our final definition of Waters of the U.S. will be upheld by the courts.” North Dakota Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven joined Wheeler for roundtable discussion. Hoeven said the replacement for WOTUS should recognize the role of states for managing water.
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