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WOTUS remains tough to kill

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A federal regulation that would not die is on life support. However, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt says he will pull the plug on the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and give regulatory certainty to farmers and ranchers.

The EPA’s decision to delay the  implementation of the controversial ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule for two years drew quick praise from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). AFBF senior director of regulatory relations Don Parrish says the two-year delay buys “regulatory certainty” after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to clarify lower court jurisdiction over WOTUS.