The final Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) is in today’s Federal Register, which makes the effective date of the new rule Aug. 28. This rule significantly expands the federal government’s jurisdiction beyond legal limits and will make permitting and expanding aggregates facilities more costly and difficult, which in turn will drive up the cost of crucial infrastructure projects. The rule sweeps in vast new jurisdictional areas, such as dry stream beds, under the guise of certainty without justification.
NSSGA strongly opposes the WOTUS rule and urges the aggregates industry to ask senators to pass S. 1140, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, which would force re-proposal the Waters of the U.S. rule. Contact the Senate switchboard through NSSGA’s Washington Action Hotline (866) 255-3207.