U.S. Senator David Vitter celebrated the Commonwealth of Virginia's victory against the EPA's attempt to regulate water as a pollutant, which would have vastly expanded their jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
"We've seen the EPA's overreach in all sorts of industries, and it's great to see Virginia stand up to them and win," Vitter said. "This was a complete power grab attempt by the EPA to start regulating water as a pollutant. In the Senate, I'll continue working to roll back the EPA's avalanche of regulations and mandates that can crush economic recovery."
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said if the EPA's mandate would have gone into effect, it would have cost Fairfax County more than $300 million.
Vitter is the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee.