National Association of Manufacturers supports legal action against EPA’s WOTUS rule

The National Association of Manufactures' Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly explained the group's support for the legal battle against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule on Thursday.

“Protecting our nation’s waters will always be a priority for manufacturers, but the Environmental Protection Agency is again violating the powers given to it by Congress,” Kelly said. “Last week, the Supreme Court overturned a similar attempt by the EPA, and this new regulation is yet another example of federal overreach that unduly burdens manufacturers.

The WOTUS rule, which greatly expanded the agency’s jurisdiction, was finalized on May 27 over the protests of some states and industry groups, some of which have banded together for a lawsuit to prevent the rule’s adoption.

“The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action addresses the critical need for sound regulations, and challenging the EPA on this legally dubious regulation is an important check on excessive government power,” Kelly said. “Manufacturers are increasingly handicapped by, and cannot endure, further regulatory uncertainty, permitting delays and rising expenses due to poorly crafted, jurisdiction-expanding regulations.”

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