Biden Administration Undoes Trump WOTUS Reform

One of the regulatory accomplishments of the Trump administration was the rollback of the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which threatened manufacturing and other sectors of the economy.

But now, under the Biden administration, the U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have formally dropped the Trump administration’s definition of which streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act. Politico reports the EPA is instead relying on regulations used prior to 2015 to determine which waterways are protected — and that this could have “major repercussions” for some projects. 9/8/2021