Nebraska’s Ricketts concerned about federal overreach with WOTUS, 30×30
A Midwestern governor says he’s willing to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency if it revisits the ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule.
Pete Ricketts, a Republican from Nebraska, tells Brownfield, “If the EPA is going to open those rules and act unlawfully, we will be taking them to court.”
He says the EPA under the Obama administration acted outside its authority and is concerned it might happen again leading to potential negative impacts for ag families. “To me this is another demonstration of how the Biden administration is planning to expand the scope of the federal government to try to exercise more authority over private property rights and we why we have to be very careful about what the EPA is going to be doing with waters of the U.S. and 30×30.”
Nebraska and thirteen other states filed an injunction in August of 2015 to halt the implementation of the Obama administration’s navigable waters protection rule until other lawsuits against it could be settled.
The EPA announced that it and the Department of the Army intend to revise WOTUS to better protect the nations water resources.
In a wide-ranging interview with Brownfield, Ricketts spoke on several topics including the America the Beautiful plan, trade, rural broadband and taxes.