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Russell Nemetz New WOTUS Lawsuit Filed
by Russell Nemetz, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: February 13, 2018

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Hi everybody it’s time for your Land and Livestock Report here on the Ag Information Network of the West-I’m Russell Nemetz.

Attorneys general of 10 states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, alleging the agency's final rule suspending the 2015 waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule is unlawful.

New York's Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is leading a coalition of 10 states and the District of Columbia in challenging the EPA's action.

In recent weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the appellate court level was not the proper venue for challenges to the 2015 WOTUS rule. The action essentially ended the nationwide stay on the rule. As a result, EPA issued a final rule last week to delay the WOTUS rule's implementation until 2020. The delay is designed to give EPA time to rewrite the rule to include a different definition of jurisdictional waters.

New York is joined by attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

The states and District of Columbia claim in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that the EPA's two-year delay fails to take science into consideration.

That’s your Land and Livestock Report-I’m Russell Nemetz.

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