Gibbs Applauds Pruitt Working with States on WOTUS

May 9, 2017
Press Release

MILLERSBURG, OHIO – In reaction to the announcement from US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt soliciting input from all 50 governors, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:

“Today’s announcement from the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule is welcome news.  I am encouraged by the Trump Administration’s efforts to work in collaboration with state environmental agencies rather than treat them as adversaries.  The 2015 WOTUS rule expanded federal jurisdiction beyond the directions of two US Supreme Court decisions (SWANCC and Rapanos).  I urge all governors to provide feedback so EPA can write a clean and concise WOTUS rule that fosters and strengthens the Clean Water Act’s federal-state partnership.”

Earlier this year, Congressman Gibbs introduced a resolution to urge the EPA to withdraw the 2015 WOTUS rule. Gibbs also joined Senator Inhofe last November in writing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed by 31 states opposing the 2015 rule.­