OLENS URGES EPA TO DELAY IMPLEMENTATION OF WOTUS RULE

| July 30, 2015

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ATLANTA – Attorney General Sam Olens, along with Attorneys General and officials from 30 other states, sent a letter asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps Clean Water Act. The rule is currently set to go into effect on August 28, 2015.

The AGs asked that the rule not be implemented for at least nine months to give courts time to review the significant pending legal challenges to the rule. “The proposed federal rule is breathtaking in its scope and significance and requires thorough judicial review before imposing such costly and disruptive burdens on our citizens,” said Olens. “The rule is an excessive, unnecessary, and unlawful intrusion and will do nothing to increase water quality in our state,” he continued.

Last month Olens, along with Attorneys General and state officials from ten other states, filed a lawsuit in federal district court in the Southern District of Georgia asking the court to vacate the rule and bar the EPA and the Corps from enforcing the new definition. The states have since filed a motion for a preliminary injunction asking the court to enjoin enforcement of the rule. The states claim that the EPA’s new rule wrongly broadens federal authority by placing the management of a majority of water and land resources in the hands of the federal government when Congress and the courts have and land management. Georgia’s lawsuit, along with similar suits in other jurisdictions, is pending.

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