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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2023 01:47 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks and Sen. Elder A. Vogel, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Sharing the Senate of Pennsylvania’s Opposition to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule
We will soon be introducing a Resolution to share the Senate of Pennsylvania’s opposition to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule with President Biden, the Department of Army and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
On December 30, 2022, the agencies announced the “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’” rule, which will become effective on March 20, 2023.  This rule puts our farmers, ranchers, small business owners, landowners and families at risk for the possibility of excessive fines, per day, from the federal government in a flagrant example of government overreach.
In 2015, the Obama-Biden administration enacted a WOTUS rule that essentially gave the federal government jurisdiction over every body of water in the country.  Now, the Biden administration is implementing a new WOTUS rule that will create more uncertainties and problems for our rural communities.
As Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation has said, “As farmers, we understand that those of us closest to the land, whose livelihoods depend on clean water, clean air and healthy ecosystems, are the best stewards of our resources – not the federal government.  We should not need teams of attorneys to determine whether we can plow a field or make improvements to our land.  Unfortunately, that will be the reality with a return to burdensome and confusing water rules.”
Please join us in cosponsoring this Resolution to help our farmers and rural communities in Pennsylvania from facing further unnecessary regulatory red tape.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Fallon Binner in Sen. Brooks' office (fbinner@pasen.gov) or Nate Clark in Sen. Vogel's office (nclark@pasen.gov).

Introduced as SR76