Delay of “Waters” Rule Good News for Manufacturers

NAM Continues Legal Challenge in Courts

Washington, D.C., August 28, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the following statement after the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota granted an injunction to 13 states blocking the implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation:

“Manufacturers are responsible stewards of our environment, and protecting our nation’s waters will always be a priority, but we very much agree with the U.S. District Court in North Dakota that the regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers was developed through ‘a process that is inexplicable, arbitrary and devoid of a reasoned process.’ This critical decision to delay implementation of this costly rule is a welcome sign for manufacturers who have challenged this regulation in our courts.

We will continue to fight and challenge this overreaching and legally dubious regulation.”

In July, the NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) challenged the regulation, joining a coalition of concerned groups representing manufacturers, agriculture and businesses across the United States.

To read more about the MCLA and the impacts of this decision, visit our website.



The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 14 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit