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Trump to order review of ‘waters of the U.S.’ rule

The president had railed against the water rule during his campaign, slamming it as an example of federal overreach.

Published on February 28, 2017 8:59AM


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order today mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution.

A senior White House official says the order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined “waters of the United States” protected under the Clean Water Act to include smaller creeks and wetlands.

The official briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity, despite the president’s recent complaints about unnamed sources.

Trump had railed against the water rule during his campaign, slamming it as an example of federal overreach. Farmers and landowners have criticized the rule, saying there are already too many government regulations that affect their businesses, and Republicans have been working to thwart it since its inception.



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