In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States rule, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, (R-Dist. 9), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released a statement last week.
“Pennsylvania’s farmers, homebuilders and small businesses are a backbone of our economy, and the EPA’s attempt to stifle their growth through this federal power grab will cause great harm to our region,” Shuster said in the statement. “The Waters of the United States Rule is full of significant problems, is facing major legal challenges and needs to be stopped.”
Shuster’s legislation, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 (H.R.1732), which was passed by the House in May, effectively would require the EPA to withdraw WOTUS and go back to the drawing board.
“I will continue urging them to reconsider this misguided proposal,” Shuster said. adding that WOTUS creates an unprecedented level of unchecked government expansion “that tramples state and local government rights, along with the individuals … forced to face major government fines that will cripple their businesses.”
A federal judge temporarily blocked the law from taking effect in 13 states (not including Pennsylvania) that were named in a lawsuit alleging that the law constituted an improper expansion of the EPA’s power over the states.
“The EPA has said that it plans to move forward with the rule in the other states not part of the lawsuit,” Shuster said.
Calling the bill the EPA’s latest power grab, Shuster reminded constituents that “the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, if enacted, can still ensure that we strengthen the protection of our nation’s waters in a balanced, common-sense regulatory approach.”
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