Texas Seeks National Injunction on WOTUS Rule

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported last week that, “The Texas attorney general is pressing a federal court in Galveston, Texas, to issue a national injunction on the 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule after a court in Ohio denied a similar motion in recent weeks.

“After a long series of court actions in the past couple of years, a split remains between states still under jurisdiction of the 2015 rule and those that are not.

“At present, the rule is on hold in 28 states and in effect in 22.”

The DTN article stated that, “In the meantime, the EPA continues a public comment period on a proposed new rule.

“The states of Ohio and Tennessee had asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for a national injunction on the 2015 rule. At the end of March, that court denied the request.”

Mr. Neeley added that, “States and agriculture interest groups have expressed concern the split in jurisdiction has created confusion and is harming stakeholders including farmers and ranchers.”

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