A federal appeals panel has issued a nationwide stay on the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule, suspending the rule’s implementation in the 37 states that were outside of an earlier ruling.
In August, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of WOTUS in 13 states – just one day before its scheduled August 28 implementation date.
This ruling is the first nationwide action to stay the rule. Based in Cincinnati, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over district courts in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said the decision will stop the EPA from implementing a “disastrous rule.” “This is great news for cattlemen and women and all land users.”
American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman said he was pleased that the court recognized the rule’s “serious flaws.”