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Reed Votes to Protect Local Control over Waterways

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Washington, DC, September 9, 2014 | comments

Tom Reed voted Tuesday in support of the bipartisan Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, a bill that protects local control over waterways. Reed, a co-sponsor of the bill, says it’s important for state and local officials to maintain primary responsibility over local waterways to avoid Washington from mandating sweeping, one-size-fits-all regulations.

“Local officials on the ground are in the best position to be making regulatory decisions – not bureaucrats in Washington,” Reed said. “It’s common sense that those on the ground closest to the issues are the major decision makers. This is an important step in keeping control at the local level where it belongs and getting Washington, DC out of the way.”

The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act protects the successful federal-state partnership that has been in place for decades to regulate the nation’s waterways under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from expanding the federal government’s role and regulatory influence under the CWA.

“Maintaining states’ rights while responsibly caring for the environment are two very important goals,” Reed continued. “We need to make sure those goals are achieved without overregulation and duplicative paperwork from Washington that results in more cost to taxpayers.” 

The bill prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from redefining or broadening “waters of the United States” established under the Clean Water Act and requires that state and local officials are consulted in new regulatory proposals.

“This bill protects against yet another instance of government overreach into something it doesn’t need to be meddling in,” Reed continued. “Farmers, small businesses, manufacturers and transportation workers are hurt enough by Washington’s meddling – they don’t need even more of it.”

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