States, greens sue Trump over Obama EPA water rule delay

The Hill: Ten Democratic states and a coalition of environmental groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday for delaying enforcement of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule meant to protect waterways.

Led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the challengers say EPA head Scott Pruitt violated required legal processes and ignored his legal obligation to protect water supplies when he pushed off the Clean Water Rule.

Pruitt last week finalized an action to delay the rule, also known as Waters of the United States, for two years. He is in the process of completely repealing and replacing it, but the delay ensures that it won’t take effect while that process is ongoing.

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