Statement by Steve Nelson, on Behalf of Common Sense Nebraska Coalition, Regarding House Action Disapproving “Waters of the U.S.” Rule

“We greatly appreciate the action taken today by the U.S. House of Representatives to demonstrate their disapproval of the “Waters of the U.S.” Rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).

“This rule significantly expands the scope of the ‘navigable water’ subject to federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction, meaning greater permitting requirements for landowners and greater exposure for legal liability for those individuals as well. The “Waters” rule infringes on individuals’ basic rights to put their private property into productive use, which is why so many different public and private interests from across Nebraska have come together in opposition.”

“Not only has a federal district court in North Dakota ruled against the measure, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has granted a nationwide stay of the rule pointing to many troubling aspects of the regulation. Furthermore, The U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued an opinion clarifying that EPA unlawfully manipulated the rulemaking process through an unprecedented marketing campaign designed to generate public support for the proposal.”

“In short, this rule is bad for Nebraskans and we thank Congressman Adrian Smith, not only for his vote in support, but for introducing the House version of the disapproval resolution. We also appreciate the other members of the Nebraska delegation who have pushed back against this regulatory overreach.”

Common Sense Nebraska is a diverse, Nebraska-based coalition consisting of organizations and entities that have united in response to the EPA’s “Waters of the U.S.” Rule; a regulatory proposal that would harm both rural and urban Nebraskans through expansion of the EPA’s powers and authorities under the federal Clean Water Act. The coalition’s purpose is to build awareness and understanding of the EPA proposal and the impacts it would have to Nebraskans. For more information visit Common Sense Nebraska on Facebook.

Common Sense Nebraska Coalition members include:

AKSARBEN Club Managers Association

Association of General Contractors – NE Chapter

Farm Credit Services of America

Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association

National Federation of Independent Businesses/Nebraska

Nebraska Agribusiness Association

Nebraska Association of County Officials

Nebraska Association of Resource Districts

Nebraska Bankers Association

Nebraska Cattlemen

Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Nebraska Cooperative Council

Nebraska Corn Board

Nebraska Corn Growers Association

Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents Association

Nebraska Grain and Feed Association

Nebraska Grain Sorghum Association

Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board

Nebraska Pork Producers Association

Nebraska Poultry Industries

Nebraska Rural Electric Association

Nebraska Soybean Association

Nebraska State Dairy Association

Nebraska State Home Builders Association

Nebraska State Irrigation Association

Nebraska Water Resources Association

Nebraska Wheat Board

Nebraska Wheat Growers Association

Nemaha Natural Resources District

Pawnee County Rural Water District #1