Since 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency has regulated discharges of pollution to “waters of the United States.” The meaning of … More
Tag: WOTUS rule
Will WOTUS reform end wetland banking?
According to media reports, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has sent his proposed revision of the WOTUS rule—the rule that defines … More
The Supreme Court wrestles again with the Clean Water Act’s due process deficit
Last week, the Supreme Court heard argument in the case challenging the WOTUS rule—the controversial rule defining the scope of … More
Has Justice Kennedy tied EPA’s hands on WOTUS?
Is EPA tied to Justice Kennedy’s mushy test for Clean Water Act jurisdiction? No. Federalism, the fact that it is a criminal statute, and Kennedy’s acknowledgment that the statute is hopelessly vague all justify EPA substantially narrowing bureaucrats’ authority.
Fact checkers should steer clear of difficult legal questions
[Update: The Washington Post’s Fact Checker has updated the article to acknowledge this response.] Last week, President Trump issued an … More
Executive order on WOTUS signals start of Clean Water Act reform
The President’s WOTUS executive order has begun the process for reforming the Clean Water Act, so that fewer people find themselves in the nightmare experienced by a Wyoming property owner threatened with $20 million in fines for building a pond.