WOTUS Rule Provides Much-Needed Certainty and Clarity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today issued the following statement from Rich Nolan, NMA President & CEO, applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalization of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which brings an appropriate balance between state and federal authority over waterways.

“This updated rule provides the certainty and clarity that Clean Water Act (CWA) implementation has lacked for decades. It will now allow American businesses, including the nation’s mining industry, to make confident decisions that will create jobs, strengthen local communities and provide the energy and materials that are the foundation of our economy.”

“Our industry and so many others welcome the rule’s clear, commonsense delineations between state and federal waterways. The 2015 rule, which unlawfully expanded the scope of federal CWA jurisdiction, was a shining example of the last administration’s propensity for federal overreach.”

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