President Trump just signed an executive order shutting down the controversial ‘Clean Water Rule’ which gave the Environmental Protection Agency more power than many believed they should carry.
The rule was set by former President Obama and gave the EPA a wider jurisdiction over the nation’s water. The rule basically redefined the definition of the type of water the EPA controlled. If the rule would have passed, the EPA would have control of everything including streams, ditches, and kids watering holes.
Many believe this gives the EPA too much power but as the Washington Examiner reports, not everyone is against it:
“The rule has been a top target for the GOP on Capitol Hill for more than two years, with Republicans and some Democrats opposing the regulation, which was renamed the Clean Water Rule after being made final by EPA.”
Many see the executive order signing and just another way President Trump is fulfilling his promises. But for conservatives, the problem is power should remain with the state and local jurisdictions not federal. The Washington Examiner reports the legal side of the rule saying:
“The executive order makes the legal argument that the rule oversteps the agencies’ statutory authority, and therefore must be remanded back to the agencies and reconsidered…”
The rule, now vetoed by President Trump as of Tuesday, will go back to the EPA to be redrawn.