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EPA To Sign WOTUS Extension

Bottom Line: This is good news because it means that even if the nationwide circuit court stay is lifted, WOTUS won't go into effect for 2 years, which gives EPA sufficient time to repeal and replace it.

PRUITT SIGNING WOTUS DELAY TODAY: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced today he will sign a regulation delaying the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule after the White House completed its review Tuesday. It's a quick turnaround for the EPA, which was racing to keep WOTUS from taking effect next month after an appeals court lifted a nationwide stay on the 2015 rule. Once Pruitt finalizes the delay, WOTUS will be put on hold for two years.

Pruitt said that his EPA will quickly write its own version of WOTUS, with the aim of issuing a proposal in the spring and finalizing it "by the end of the year."