NLC Applauds the House’s Support to Ensure Local Concerns are Addressed in EPA “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

WASHINGTON-After the House of Representatives today passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 that would halt the currently proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule, Clarence E. Anthony, CEO & Executive Director of the National League of Cities issued this statement:

"We are pleased that the House acted today to halt the ‘Waters of the U.S.' rule, which will have broad and potentially costly implications for local governments. Our goal with regard to the proposed rule has not changed - we want a common sense rule for cities and towns, and that means making sure our concerns are heard and addressed by EPA. A federalism consultation with state and local governments is essential to developing a clear, concise and workable regulation. As co-regulators with state governments, a comprehensive cost analysis that examines impacts to all the Clean Water Act programs is key to understanding the impacts of this rule on our communities. We urge the Senate to act quickly on similar legislation."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.