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Senator Roberts and Western Caucus Urge EPA to Halt “Waters of the US" Rule

Members warn federal takeover of state water will hurt job growth, negatively impact farms, small businesses, commercial development, road construction and energy production.

May 08 2014

Senator Roberts and Western Caucus Urge EPA to Halt “Waters of the US

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) joined Senate Western Caucus Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) and Congressional Western Caucus co-chairs Stevan Pearce (R-NM), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and 43 other Caucus Members in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. 

In their letter, the Caucus members call on the EPA to refrain from moving forward with their controversial “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule that will drastically expand federal regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act. The members also highlight how this rule will negatively impact farms, small businesses, energy production, commercial development and substantially interfere with the ability of individual landowners to use their property.

“Kansans are fed up with the overregulation coming out of the Obama Administration,” Senator Roberts said.  “The EPA’s dramatic expansion of its regulatory role over the last six years has put a boot on the neck of rural America, and they simply won’t let up.  The proposed Waters of the U.S rule is yet another attempt to insert big government into our daily lives. The notion of the Federal Government regulating farm ponds is the height of absurdity, and I sincerely hope the EPA and the Obama administration rethink this ill-conceived rule.”

Senator Roberts has already urged Kansans to weigh in on the proposed rule. Kansans have until Monday, July 21, 2014 to submit comments on the proposal.http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880-0001

“We urge you to change course by committing to operating under the limits established by Congress, recognizing the states’ primary role in regulating and protecting their streams, ponds, wetlands and other bodies of water.  We also again ask that you consider the economic impacts of your policies knowing that your actions will have serious impacts on struggling families, seniors, low-income households and small business owners,” Caucus Members wrote.

In addition to Barrasso, Pearce and Lummis, the letter was signed by Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mike Lee (R-UT), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Orrin Hatch (R-UT),  John Thune (R-SD), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Roy Blunt (R-AR), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Deb Fischer (R-NE),  John Cornyn (R-TX), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mike Johanns (R-NE),  James Risch (R-ID) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-01), Markwayne Mullin (OK-01), Jeff Denham (CA-10), Mike Simpson (ID-02), Don Young (AK-AL), Walter Jones (NC-03), Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Scott Tipton (CO-03), Mike Conaway (TX-11), Mark Amadei (NV-02), Cory Gardner (CO-04), Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Chris Stewart (UT-02), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Tom McClintock (CA-04), Kevin Cramer (ND-AL), Devin Nunes (CA-22), David Schweikert (AZ-06), Randy Neugebaurer (TX-19), Raul Labrador (ID-01), Kristi Noem (SD-AL), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Trent Franks (AZ-08), Paul Broun (GA-10), Mike Coffman (CO-06), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03).



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