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BISMARCK – U.S. Senator and Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee Chairman on Fishers, Water, and Wildlife Kevin Cramer (R-ND) convened a roundtable with North Dakota stakeholders and local leaders to discuss the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule under the Clean Water Act with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
“Since 1972, government officials and industry leaders have navigated the complexities of the Clean Water Act. After the release of the egregious 2015 WOTUS rule- which the Trump Administration rightfully repealed- North Dakotans did what we often do: step up and take a lead role in fixing it,” said Senator Cramer. “Writing a new rule which works for our farmers, businesses, and local governments is a critical issue- not just for North Dakota- but for our country. I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss redefining WOTUS with the Administrator and to help put North Dakotans in a position to continue leading on this issue.”
Senator Cramer invited Administrator Wheeler to North Dakota in January during the Administrator’s confirmation hearing. In June, Senator Cramer convened a joint hearing on WOTUS as EPW Subcommittee Chairman. There, the Senator stressed the need for a definitive ruling on WOTUS and spoke about cooperative federalism and the relationship between federal and local governments as it relates to enforcement.