Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) voted Tuesday not to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to use their authority to regulate any body of water in the United States.
The US House passed the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 which would prohibit the EPA from adding addition water regulations.
“The Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to unilaterally redefine the ‘Waters of the US’ is another example of government overreach,” Rouzer said.
“This new definition would extend the EPA’s regulatory reach to seemingly any body of water– including water puddled in a ditch after a rain storm. Small business owners, farmers, realtors, and homebuilders all agree: this rule is bad for business in Southeastern North Carolina.”
The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act requires the EPA to scrap their current proposal and start anew by engaging stakeholders that are actually affected by this rule. This bill passed with bi-partisan support.
Congressman Rouzer spoke on this House floor this afternoon in support of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. His full speech can be seen here.