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March 25, 2014

Inhofe Statement on EPA's Proposed Rule to WOTUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers' announcement on the proposed rule for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS):          

“Today’s proposed rule by the EPA and Corps of Engineers is a massive expansion of power over the nation’s water resources. The Clean Water Act is written to include only navigable waters, but with this new rule, the agencies are giving themselves the authority to regulate everything from the nation’s largest rivers to small irrigation ditches found on family farms in Oklahoma. This rule will only make the agencies’ authority more confusing and difficult to navigate, and we should not underestimate the devastating impact this rule could have if it becomes final. It shows that President Obama is no friend of private property rights or Oklahoma’s economy.”

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