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USEPA Administrator Talks About WOTUS During Trip to Minnesota

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt made a stop in Minnesota as part of his State Action Tour. Pruitt met with Governor Mark Dayton and John Stine, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and President of the Environmental Council of States, a key partner to the USEPA in protecting the environment and public health.

Following the meetings at the state Capitol, Pruitt convened a roundtable with agricultural stakeholders at the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council where he discussed USEPA’s decision to re-evaluate the controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule.

“The 2015 WOTUS rule created regulatory uncertainty and threatened economic growth,” said Pruitt. “By revisiting this rule, we are helping ensure waters are kept clean, without unnecessarily harming jobs or the economy.”

The decision to reevaluate WOTUS means the Clean Water Rule’s regulatory text will return to the phrasing that existed prior to 2015 when WOTUS was redefined. The USEPA says a second rulemaking will occur in which USEPA, the Department of Army, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will engage in a “substantive reevaluation of the definition of ‘Waters of the United States.’” USEPA says the updated rule will be implemented in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance, and longstanding practice.