President Barack Obama vetoed legislation meant to block the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's rule broadening the definition for waters of the U.S. The fate of the rule now resides with the Federal courts.
Agricultural groups have been at the forefront of efforts to block EPA and the Corps from impementing the Waters of the United States rule. ( WOTUS). Critics call it a regulatory "land grab" that will give regulatory agencies broad control over land use nationally. Farm groups argue the rule will allow EPA and the Corps to demand farmers apply for permits to conduct basic farming practices because the land could have vernal pools or ditches that fill during heavy rains. EPA argues the rule only clarifies the Clean Water At following two divergent Supreme Court rulings a decade ago.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments on the case by states against WOTUS and is expected to make a ruling sometime this spring.