Indianapolis, IN – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a two-year delay on the applicability date of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Donnelly is continuing to push for the administration to follow through on its plan to rewrite WOTUS in a common sense way that includes input from the people who live and work on the land alongside these waters every day.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, “I am pleased the EPA is delaying the application of the current WOTUS rule. It is important that we get the WOTUS rule right, and I look forward to continuing my work with EPA and the administration, Hoosier farmers, businesses, local governments, and environmental groups to rewrite this rule so that it both protects our waters and is workable for Hoosiers."
Donnelly has been working on this issue for a number of years. In April 2015, Donnelly and Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced bipartisan legislation to require a rewriting of the WOTUS rule. It was voted on in the Senate in November 2015, but fell three votes short of advancing. That legislation had the support of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Simon Property Group, Indiana Corn Growers Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Waters Advocacy Coalition, the American Farm Bureau Federation, and many other agricultural organizations.