Trump targets Obama-era water regulation in new executive order

“President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing a review of a controversial Obama-era water rule that gave the federal government broad regulatory authority over rivers, streams and wetlands.

The order was among several items, including two bills, Trump signed Tuesday ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress.

The regulation Trump targeted is known as the “waters of the United States” rule. Covering 60 percent of U.S. waterways, it included smaller creeks, wetlands and other water bodies for protection under the Clean Water Act — but was met with resistance from property owners, farmers and others.

A senior White House official said the problem with the rule is that it “vastly expands jurisdiction into state and local areas and vastly expands federal jurisdiction over state waters. ”

Trump’s order instructs the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review it.”

Fox News

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