Olson Statement on WOTUS Repeal
Washington, DC—Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s formal repeal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
“After months of review, I am pleased to see the Trump Administration and EPA Secretary Wheeler reach the conclusion that the farmers and ranchers in TX-22 came to long ago: WOTUS is government overreach that created unnecessary and damaging consequences for agriculture and the economy. Today states’ rights and property rights retook their rightful place ahead of federal bureaucracy and burdensome regulations. My thanks to President Trump and Secretary Wheeler for delivering this victory.”
Background: WOTUS was signed by President Obama to clarify which waters are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act. The Obama administration estimated that an additional three percent of marshes, bogs and creeks would be covered by the Clean Water Act under WOTUS. The rule quickly became controversial, with many lawsuits filed, as several farmers, ranchers, homebuilders, oil and gas companies, and other industry groups viewed it as a federal power-grab. In February of 2017 the Trump Administration initiated a review of WOTUS, culminating in today’s action.