June 12, 2018
The unlawful Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule received another upset June 8 when a federal district court ordered a preliminary injunction against implementing the Obama-era rule.
The decision blocks the controversial WOTUS rule in 11 states, including Alabama. The Alabama Farmers Federation’s Mitt Walker applauded the move and said the state’s landowners will benefit from the Georgia court’s decision.
“WOTUS is a flawed rule that would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s control over private lands,” said Walker, the Federation’s National Legislative Programs director. “This is one of several lawsuits in federal district courts challenging the 2015 rule, and we thank Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall for leading the charge to protect Alabama landowners from government overreach.”
Marshall called the decision “another major victory in the three-year legal battle to protect Alabama property owners from an unlawful land grab.”
“The WOTUS rule, drafted by the Obama administration, is an unprecedented attempt to broaden the reach of federal environmental regulators to include just about any backyard mudhole or ditch,” Marshall said. “Furthermore, the rule infringes on the states’ traditional role as primary regulators of land and water resources within their borders.”
The 11-state coalition affected by the court ruling includes Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Click here for a copy of the court ruling.
Marshall is endorsed by FarmPAC, a political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation, as he seeks a full term as Alabama attorney general.