President Trump Orders EPA to Rescind WOTUS

Timmons: Today a Step Toward Clarity for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C., February 28, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which expands the number of waterways federally protected under the Clean Water Act:

“Ambiguous and complex regulations like WOTUS are making it harder for businesses to grow and Americans to work. Right now, it costs close to $35,000 per employee for a small manufacturer each year just to keep compliant with current regulations. The WOTUS rule exerted power over a staggering range of manmade features, setting up potential costs for manufacturers that would alter how they would transport goods and services."

“Politics from the past eight years have thrown our regulations out of balance. Rules that should help our communities thrive are instead making life harder for job creators, workers and their families. So we fully support the administration’s plan to rescind and replace the WOTUS rule with a clearer and more reasonable rule.”

Learn more about the NAM’s efforts to balance the federal rulemaking process, which includes striking WOTUS from the books, by clicking here.


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 $2.17 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

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