EPA Blocks Clean Water Rule to Replace With ‘Industry-Friendly’ Alternative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put a two-year suspension on the Clean Water Rule, an Obama-era policy defining which waters can be protected against pollution and destruction under federal law.

WOTUS was supposed to take effect in the coming weeks after the Supreme Court decided last month that cases regarding the matter should be heard by district courts. However, Pruitt’s action on Wednesday halted the rule from implementation.

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