WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today released the following statement on released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced plans to revise the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS).
“Today’s announcement is a welcome sign that the Biden Administration is committed to getting it right when it comes to protecting our nation’s waters. Among its many faults, the previous administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule ignored science and put downstream communities—many of them disadvantaged—at an increased risk of being exposed to pollution. EPA now has an opportunity to learn from its previous regulatory efforts and work in an inclusive way to create a rule that stands the test of time.”