Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL), a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, applauds Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in issuing a nationwide stay blocking EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule. A group of 18 states have sued, arguing the rule is well beyond EPA's legal authority to issue.
"I am pleased that the Sixth Circuit has placed a stay on this onerous rule," Palmer said. "It is well beyond the authority that Congress delegated to the EPA. This rule would allow the EPA to regulate almost any body of water, even ditches and isolated bodies on private land. This rule faces strong legal challenges. A nationwide stay ensures this rule is not implemented while litigation is ongoing, which will protect the American economy from EPA's overreach."
Palmer has previously expressed his opposition to the Waters of the U.S. rule (also known as the Clean Water Rule), and supported H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would block the rule's implementation.