EPA is launching a new website today to provide the public with information about EPA's review of the definition of "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) as set out in the 2015 "Clean Water Rule." The site replaces the website developed for the 2015 rulemaking process. “EPA is restoring states' important role in the regulation of water by reviewing WOTUS (WHATAUS)," said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
"The president has directed us to review this regulation to address the concerns from farmers and local communities that it creates unnecessary burdens and inhibits economic growth. This website aims to provide the public with information about our actions to meet the president's directive."
In the spirit of transparency, the site will provide the public with relevant information explaining the Agency's actions, along with the Department of the Army and the Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies), to review the WOTUS rule, including how the agencies are working with our local, state and tribal partners, to examine our role in the regulation of water under the Clean Water Act. All the pages, information and documentation from the Clean Water Rule site will remain available in the EPA archived site, archive.epa.gov. EPA is initiating consultation and coordination with stakeholders and the public as the agencies implement the February 28, 2017, Presidential Executive Order on "Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the 'Waters of the United States' Rule."