Senator Cramer Secures Commitment from EPA Nominee to Hold WOTUS Listening Session in North Dakota if Confirmed

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) issued the following statement on voting in favor of Radhika Fox’s nomination to be Assistant Administrator for Water at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee markup today:

“North Dakota is in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region and is greatly impacted by the EPA’s Waters of the United States regulations. We are leaders in sound water policy, private property rights, and cooperatively working with the EPA to reach solutions. In her recent hearing and in our phone conversation yesterday, Radhika Fox acknowledged North Dakota’s unique position and history on the issue, and because she committed to hold a listening session in North Dakota on this issue should she be confirmed, I voted to advance her nomination. I look forward to hosting her during her time in our state.”

Senator Cramer detailed North Dakota’s WOTUS challenges at Radhika Fox’s nomination hearing earlier this month. Click here to watch. The senator has been using his seat on EPW to advocate for North Dakota’s views on WOTUS, holding a hearing on the Trump Administration’s proposed rule featuring testimony from North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and hosting then-EPA Administration Andrew Wheeler is Bismarck for a WOTUS roundtable.

Senator Cramer also voted to advance the nomination of Shannon Estenoz to be Assistant Secretary of Fish and Wildlife and Parks of the Department of the Interior. The senator spoke with her during her nomination hearing about ongoing problems with Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) enforcement of Waterfowl Protection Area (WPA) easements.

“North Dakota’s landowners and producers have routinely run into problems with the Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s heavy-handed enforcement of certain easements,” said Senator Cramer. “While progress was made under the Trump Administration, there is still work to do. Ms. Estenoz has a background in wetland management and I look forward to tackling these issues with her if she is confirmed.”