March 10, 2017
On Feb. 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mitt Walker applauded the move, saying it will benefit Alabama farmers.
“President Trump has followed through on his commitment to withdraw this ridiculous rule and thus ensured farmers and landowners will not be unjustly penalized for making a living on the land,” said Walker, the Federation’s National Legislative Programs director.
American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt also praised Trump’s move.
EPA released the final WOTUS ruling in 2015 and added vague definitions to the Clean Water Act. The rule expanded the administration’s jurisdiction to previously unregulated areas and required permits for simple changes to land, including building fences, spraying fertilizers and digging ditches.