US manufacturers support new clean water rule by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The new Clean Water Rule is to replace the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

EPA in a statement announcing the rule: “Our proposal will provide states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies. For the first time, we are clearly defining the difference between federally protected waterways and state protected waterways. Our definition would help landowners understand whether a project on their property will require a federal permit or not”

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) applauds the new proposal. JayTimmons, CEO of NAM: “This new Clean Water Rule is a positive step forward for manufacturers, for our country and for environmental stewardship. Manufacturers rely on clean water from growing agricultural inputs to engineering green chemistry and providing renewable power. We ask for regulatory certainty, since uncertainty in this respects threatened manufacturing jobs and failed to protect clean water adequately. Smart water policy is critical for all of us, and manufacturers are committed to keeping our promise to use the certainty we have been given to do our part to make our water and air cleaner—and our environment healthier. After all, the earth is the only home we have.”