Waters’ Rule Delay Saves Small Business from Red-Tape Drowning

By at 1 February, 2018, 2:32 pm


EPA finalized a rule on January 31 to delay the applicability of the “Waters’ Rule” for two years as it works to revise the regulation.


Washington, D.C. – On January 31, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was delaying the applicability date of the Waters of the U.S. Rule (WOTUS) for two years. During this period, the EPA will continue to assess the input it has received from stakeholders about the rule’s revision, including what waters are subject to federal regulation. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan praised EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for the action:

“The waters’ rule epitomized the complex, secretive and politicized regulatory process of the past Administration. The EPA dismissed the genuine concerns of small businesses and even its own analysis, which found WOTUS would inflict burdensome costs on small businesses,” said Kerrigan.

“The waters’ rule is the poster child for excessive government intrusion and overreach. When puddles and dry dirt become the domain of federal regulators, clearly there’s an issue of mission creep. SBE Council looks forward to working with Administrator Pruitt over the next two years as he and his team develop a common sense approach,” said Kerrigan.

Background Content:

Small Business Advocate Questions Whether Final EPA Waters Rule Will Make Permitting “Less Costly, Easier and Faster” For Small Businesses, May 2015.

Office of Advocacy Tells EPA: Go Back to Drawing Board on EPA “Waters’ Rule,” October 2014.

SBE Council Asks EPA to Withdraw Its Waters of the U.S. Proposal, November 2014.

Advocate Praises Passage of Bill to Protect the Voice of Small Business in EPA Regulatory Process, September 2014.

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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