TOPEKA - (June 11, 2018) - A federal district court on Friday prohibited the federal government from implementing the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. The WOTUS rule, which sought to vastly expand the definition of “waters of the United States” to include ditches, ponds, and wetlands in order to more aggressively regulate private land use under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act, has faced numerous legal challenges since it was finalized by the Obama Administration in 2015. Kansas filed a lawsuit seeking to block the implementation of the rule the day after it was announced, but the litigation was delayed by a legal dispute over jurisdiction that ultimately reached the...
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AG Derek Schmidt: Federal court blocks feds from implementing WOTUS rule in Kansas