Republican Senate sponsored legislation last week that would try to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to oversee streams and wetlands. This follows a North Dakota judge’s decision to block the EPA’s rule implementation, along with 13 other states. States like North Dakota argue that having the EPA oversee streams and wetlands is a violation of state rights. The EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rule expands federal government authority to oversee the waterways and land that were previously under state and private control.
Forty-six senators signed onto overturning the EPA ruling last week. Leaders on the bill say the EPA regulation expands the definition, causes confusion, uncertainty and unnecessary red tape.