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Washington – Today, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a replacement for the repealed 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, that provides a clear and consistent definition of navigable waters while upholding state water rights:

“The Obama Administration’s attempt to redefine navigable waters was a blatant, unconstitutional power grab aimed at taking federal control over state water laws and private water rights. Thankfully, President Trump and House Republicans made it a top priority to put a stop to this clear abuse of power that threatened precious resources for hardworking ranchers and farmers in Wyoming, and would have devastated our rural economy. I’m pleased to see EPA Administrator Wheeler take the next step to protect our nation’s water resources by clearly defining what is and what is not considered ‘navigable water.’ This new rule, which included input from a wide range of stakeholders, will provide regulatory certainty that respects the water rights of the people of Wyoming.”

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