Manufacturers’ WOTUS Case Reaches Supreme Court

Washington, D.C., October 10, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President and General Counsel Linda Kelly released the following statement in advance of the Supreme Court oral argument on National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense:

“The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action has fought the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in court for a simple reason: it is an overreaching and unfair rule that threatens manufacturing jobs and fails to take a balanced approach to protecting clean water. We’ve taken our case to the highest court to seek clarity for manufacturers and to cut through the costly and wasteful procedural legal limbo.

“We believe that district courts are where these cases should be heard, and we expect the Supreme Court will agree this is what the law requires. But any decision from the Supreme Court that helps provide clarity for manufacturers will be a win.

“As manufacturers, we understand the importance of responsibly managing water resources and have been working to protect clean water for decades. That’s why we have been asking for a clear rule from the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that empowers everyone to join in protecting our waters. We will continue to advocate a new rule that conforms to the Clean Water Act, protects our nation’s waters and provides clarity for manufacturers and landowners around the country.”


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