Chaffetz Statement on WOTUS Injunction

Published: Aug 28, 2015

“Such flawed policy should never see the light of day.”

WASHINGTON—House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement today in reaction to a federal judge’s ruling granting a preliminary injunction on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“Judge Erickson’s ruling is a significant and rightful win for states’ rights. I am pleased that the arbitrary and subjective guidelines imposed by the EPA’s WOTUS rule will no longer go into effect today. This ruling is an important check on an Administration that continues to overreach in its authority. Such flawed policy should never see the light of day.”

Background:

Last month, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the Committee released copies of memoranda obtained from the Army Corps of Engineers. The memoranda detailed serious deficiencies in the development of the WOTUS rule and raised concerns as to whether the EPA adequately addressed the Corps recommendations in the final rule.