Equipment manufacturers scored a major victory on Tuesday as President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dismantle the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
Though the EPA will have to undergo a lengthy process to unwind the WOTUS rule installed during the previous Obama administration, Trump’s order sets in motion a reversal of one of the most onerous regulations in recent years.
AEM had joined other associations in supporting a legal challenge to the WOTUS rule because of its far-reaching impacts on manufacturers and their customers. The rule dramatically expanded the waterways subject to federal oversight, and has been a target for bipartisan repeal efforts in Congress.
“We are pleased to see the Trump administration advance a commonsense regulatory reform by beginning the process of reviewing the Waters of the United States rule,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Equipment manufacturers and their customers are committed to practicing sustainable business, but the WOTUS rule was poorly conceived and a step too far.”
President Trump has made regulatory relief a priority of his new administration. He has streamlined permitting processes for infrastructure projects, and signed an executive order requiring the withdrawal of two regulations for every new regulation proposed by his administration.