AG Hawley Takes WOTUS Fight to Supreme Court

Continues fight for Missouri agriculture

Apr 27, 2017, 15:40 PM
Apr 27, 2017, 15:39 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Josh Hawley today filed a merits brief in the Supreme Court of the United States challenging the Obama Administration's anti-agriculture Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule.

Finalized in August 2015, this rule significantly expands the EPA's ability to regulate water on farm land -- without congressional approval. Hawley’s office joined a coalition of twenty-nine (29) states as respondents in support of the petitioner, the National Association of Manufacturers, arguing that federal district courts have jurisdiction to review the states’ challenge to the Rule.

“This rule is unauthorized, unconstitutional, and unbelievably damaging for Missouri farmers. I promised to fight this kind of egregious overreach, and that's exactly what we are doing.”

The case is the National Association of Manufacturers v. U.S. Department of Defense, Department of the Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. 16-299 (U.S.).