New EPA Rulemaking Announced on Waters’ Rule

By at 27 June, 2017, 4:07 pm

Kerrigan Statement on Latest EPA Action to Restore Balance and Small Business Fairness to Federal Rulemaking 

No more regulation of puddles. EPA will start over on “waters’rule.”

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement in response to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to repeal the controversial Obama-Era “waters’ rule,” and begin a new rulemaking process:

“The EPA blatantly ignored America’s small businesses when it proposed and finalized the ‘waters’ rule.’  The rule was so unpopular when EPA first proposed it that the agency concocted an aggressive and underhanded campaign to mobilize support for the rulemaking. Obviously the campaign effort undercut EPA’s claims that they acted objectively and fairly.  This rule is bad for economic development, entrepreneurship, small business growth and the collaborative relationship that exists between federal, state and local governments in managing our waterways. The rule is a clear case of government overreach, and small businesses are happy that a new approach is being pursued.  We are hopeful the new process will be balanced, inclusive, fair and transparent – unlike what we experienced under the previous EPA.”

For more information about the EPA Waters’ Rule, please click here.

CONTACT: Karen Kerrigan,     

SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has worked to successfully implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil

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