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on Campaign Trail
Presidential Campaign 2016:
NSSGA members and others tell
Presidential candidate Donald
Trump about the overreach of
the WOTUS rule. He references
it in campaign speeches as a
rule that needs to be removed.
December 2016: NSSGA writes
letter to the President-elect's
transition team mentioning
industry priorities, including
the removal of WOTUS.
January 2016: House and
Senate pass Congressional
Review Act to nullify
WOTUS, but it is vetoed by
a campaign issue, and signed an
Executive Order on the repeal of the
2015 rule a little over a month into
his presidency. The administration
began a two-step removal process,
with the 2015 rule repeal proposed
in 2017, and a replacement rule
expected to be proposed in early
2018. NSSGA will continue to work
on behalf of members for a more reasonable regulatory framework that
protects water while respecting property rights.
These features could have been Waters of the U.S. and required expensive permits
and mitigation for construction at aggregates operations.
February 2017: President
Trump signs an executive
order asking EPA to reconsider
WOTUS, the first order to
address a specific regulation.
July 2017: EPA formally
announces a two-step plan to
withdrawal WOTUS and propose
a new rule.
September 2017: NSSGA files
comments in support of this
action, following meetings
with White House and
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