Trump Ends WOTUS, Ag Supports Move

Nebraska farmers who felt beleaguered by environmental regulations passed under former President Barack Obama cheered Tuesday as President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at rolling back his predecessor's signature clean water rule.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media after signing the water executive order at the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S. February 28, 2017. Covering 60 percent of USA waterways, it included smaller creeks, wetlands and other water bodies for protection under the Clean Water Act - but was met with resistance from property owners, farmers and others. Republicans have been working to gut the water rule since its inception, slamming it as an example of federal overreach. WOTUS expanded protection to include smaller streams and wetlands that drain into major rivers, bays, and drinking water sources.

The president's move marked the first step toward fulfilling his pledge on the campaign trail to roll back Obama-era regulations, which include a 2015 rule created to curb the flow of pollution into major bodies of water, wetlands and ponds by expanding the requirement of permits to pursue any actions that might cause them harm. Members of our state's agriculture community spent the better part of the last decade trying to operate under the burdensome and uninformed regulations imposed by the Obama administration.

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Trump was backed by just 8% of African Americans in November's election, and his administration's commitment to civil rights has been met with skepticism.

"The onerous WOTUS rule misses the mark by imposing excessive burdens on landowners, threatening to harm the economy, and costing us jobs".

"The Trump administration can change direction on this rule but they can't change the fact that clean water is not a political issue". In a separate lawsuit, on October 9, 2015, a divided federal appeals court stayed the rule's application nationwide.

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Calling the rule "very large and complex", the official said the review would likely take a "long time to get through".

Still, it could take well over a year for the directive to be carried out.

The move is the beginning of what will be a broad effort by Mr. Trump to use executive power to undo many Obama administration initiatives on climate change and the environment.

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'We thought it was a bit disruptive to federal cooperativism. Most attorneys say they don't expect the Trump administration to back away from the Supreme Court case over the question of court venue because that same question will be debated if and when a new water rule is written. "Nobody cares more about land and water than Nebraska's producers but nobody here at home voted for these absurd regulations", Sasse said in a statement.

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