January 31, 2018

Manchin Applauds EPA Finalizing Delay of Waters of the US Rule

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it will finalize the regulation to delay the Obama-era “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule today. 

“I am glad the Administration will finalize the delay of the harmful WOTUS rule,” Senator Manchin said. “Had this rule gone into effect it could have created financial and regulatory burden for our state and local communities. I don’t know a single West Virginian who doesn’t want to drink clean water and breathe clean air but we can achieve this without regulating hard-working West Virginians out of business.”

In April 2015, Senator Manchin introduced the Water Quality Protection Act to ensure that states and local communities are consulted in meaningful ways on regulations before they are formally proposed, especially if the rule will have a significant impact on future investments, capital costs, operations and mandates.