The Environmental Protection Agency began taking steps to walk back parts of Obama era rules concerning Waters of the United States.

In February of this year, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to re-evaluate the final Clean Water Rule definition of “Navigable Waters”. The Trump administration wants wording in the revised measure to be reflective of its status prior to 2015, before the Obama Administration worked to broaden the scope of the Clean Water Act.

In March of this year, the EPA and Army Corps began reviewing the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Last week, the agencies announced they a new rule will be drafted to restore the original wording of the hotly contested measure.

With the new order in place, the EPA will now begin to re-evaluate of the definition of “Waters of the United States” in its entirety.

A public comment period is expected once the rule changes are announced.

For Market to Market, I’m John Torpy