Manufacturers: This Is a Tremendous Victory

Federal Appeals Court Halts Costly, Overreaching Waters Regulation

Washington, D.C., October 9, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly issued the following statement on the decision by a federal appeals court to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Waters of the United States” regulation:

“This is tremendous victory for manufacturers against an expansive interpretation by the EPA of its jurisdiction to regulate land and water in this country. The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action is relieved that a federal appeals court agrees with us that the EPA very likely exceeded its statutory and constitutional authority to expand its jurisdiction.

“Once again, the courts have had to step in and restrain the EPA from asserting powers it does not have. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life these days that we have to ask the courts to intervene, but we are pleased that they see through this attempt by the agency to expand its reach into so many facets of American life.”

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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 12 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