By Nick Goldstein, vice president of regulatory affairs & assistant general counsel, ARTBA

ARTBA supported efforts to repeal the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule in an April 26 statement to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. WOTUS was issued during the last administration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)

Almost no transportation project, regardless of its location, would be left untouched by rule’s unprecedented overreach, ARTBA said. As a result, “the progress of the project delivery reforms in both MAP-21 and the FAST Act would be jeopardized. Any reduction in delay gained from improvements to the project delivery process would likely be negated by the increased permitting requirements and opportunities for litigation caused by the WOTUS rule’s expansion of federal jurisdiction.”

Read ARTBA’s full statement to the committee.