Washington Attorney General Sues EPA Over Waters Of US Rule Suspension

Congressman Dan Newhouse Calls Lawsuit "Federal Power Grab"

Waters of the US

WENATCHEE – Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed another legal challenge to the Trump Administration. This time it’s over the Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to suspend the so-called “Waters of the US” (WOTUS) rule that defines what waters qualify under the federal Clean Water Act. Steve Hair reports.

The controversial WOTUS rule has become a lightning rod issue that pits environmentalists against opponents who view the rule as a threat to private property rights.  Ferguson contends that prior to WOTUS, a patchwork of state and federal rules regulated runoff from some upstream bodies.

He maintains that the rule particularly helps states like Washington that have waterways impacted by upstream sources in neighboring states. But 4th District Congressman Dan Newhouse defends the Administration’s actions.

Newhouse’s shared his comments on an upcoming edition of NCWLIFE Channel’s “12th District” program to be aired on Monday.

Attorney General Ferguson contends the WOTUS rule adds clarity to the laws that protect waterways. He says, “If the Administration wants to change it, it must follow the law.”

The lawsuit represents Ferguson’s 21st legal challenge against the Trump Administration since January of 2017.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.