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ARTBA Applauds U.S. District Court Ruling That Strikes Down 2015 Wetlands Rule

A May 28 federal court ruling in the Southern District of Texas striking down the federal government’s 2015 version of the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule is a win for the nation’s transportation construction industry and builders of other much-needed infrastructure, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says.

ARTBA and 13 other trade associations challenged the rule in July 2015. At issue is how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) decide which bodies of water are under federal jurisdiction. Under the Obama administration rule, roadside ditches could have been subject to unnecessary federal oversight, delaying transportation improvements and resulting in increased project costs.

In their lawsuit, the coalition of trade groups objected to how EPA drafted the rule. The groups said that in addition to distorting U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the agency “subverted the notice-and-comment process by (among other things) failing to seek comment on scientific reports relied on in the Rule and on major revisions of the proposed rule, conducting an inadequate economic analysis, and engaging in an unprecedented advocacy campaign that led to a distorted and biased comment process.”

In the May 28 ruling, the judge agreed with the groups’ procedural arguments and decided the rule must be sent back to EPA because “those governed by the rule were deprived of notice of a substantial change to our nation’s environmental regulation scheme.” The decision blocks enforcement of the 2015 rule in the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, but leaves it in place in 22 other states.

At the same time, the Trump administration is in the process of both formally repealing the 2015 rule and finalizing a replacement WOTUS regulatory framework. ARTBA supports both those efforts.

Established in 1902 and with more than 8,000 public and private sector members, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA advocates for strong investment in transportation infrastructure to meet the public and business community demand for safe and efficient travel.

ABC Says, Trump Admin’s First 100 Days Have Brought Improved Business Climate for Construction Industry

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised President Trump for taking important steps to create a pro-growth business environment in a statement from ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman.

“In his first 100 days in office President Trump has taken needed action to free business owners from unnecessarily burdensome regulations that have long hindered economic growth. ABC appreciates President Trump’s executive orders curbing Washington’s appetite for over regulation and collaboration with Congress to eliminate illegal and duplicative Obama administration regulations like the ‘blacklisting’ and ‘Volks’ rules.

“By valuing input from industries harmed by regulations that are often well-intentioned, but poorly crafted, President Trump can ensure a well-trained, safe and productive workforce without needlessly hindering economic growth. ABC’s 21,000 member companies employ a skilled and highly trained workforce ready to rebuild our nation, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Trump administration to fulfill his election night commitment to ‘fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals.’ President Trump can also ensure ‘every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential,’ as he pledged on election night, by taking executive action to ensure that discriminatory project labor agreements cannot be mandated on projects funded by federal tax dollars.”