Jun 15, 2018
WOTUS rule blocking celebrated in Georgia

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black said in a news release Friday he “applauds” legal action to block enforcement of the ”burdensome” Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia recently granted a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of WOTUS.

“This rule was a blatant overreach of the federal government,” Commissioner Black said. “We are pleased that the courts clearly saw the irreparable harm this frontal assault on private property rights could cause our farmers.”

The federal court sided with Georgia and ten other states agreeing that the new rule from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency unlawfully expands the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.

The other states involved in the recent injunction include Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Georgia injunction is the second time a federal court has ruled against WOTUS, with an injunction in 2015 preventing the rule from being implemented in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In total, the two court rulings protect 24 states from WOTUS implementation.

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