Graves issues statement after EPA moves to finalize ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today finalized the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. WOTUS dramatically expands federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act and threatens to allow the EPA to regulate small bodies of water on private land.

“It is outrageous to me that the EPA thinks it can rewrite standing law and assume control over our private property,” Rep. Graves said. “What’s almost worse is that the Obama administration has continued to pursue Waters of the U.S. despite the American public’s overwhelming rejection of the rule,” Rep. Graves continued.

“Very simply, the White House refuses to acknowledge the impact that its regulations have on rural America,” Rep. Graves said. “Despite the EPA’s announcement today, this fight is not over.”

The move by the EPA comes just weeks after the House of Representatives passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act (H.R. 1732), which Rep. Graves helped introduce in April. This bill, which would force the Obama administration to withdraw WOTUS as it is currently written, passed the House by a bipartisan margin of 261-155 on May 12.