June 09, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), criticized the EPA’s decision to revise the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR). The NWPR—which is supported by a bipartisan majority in the Senate—replaced the illegal Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that was particularly detrimental to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.
“After the overregulation of the Obama-era WOTUS rule, we needed a right-sized approach. That is exactly what then-President Trump and EPA Administrator Wheeler delivered. It is appalling that the Biden administration would rush to repeal a rule that provides clarity and alleviates unnecessary burdens on our farmers and ranchers. Replacing this rule with anything that resembles the Obama-era rule would be devastating –I urge the Biden administration to reconsider this unfortunate decision which would lead to more onerous regulations on hard working Oklahomans.”