A defiant Environmental Protection Agency on Friday put into effect controversial new water regulations, despite a federal judge's decision to place a temporary hold on the rule for fear it would harm states.
The EPA says it is interpreting Thursday's injunction as applying
only to the states that sued in the North Dakota district court,
according to a spokeswoman. The Clean Water Rule, also known as the
Waters of the U.S. rule, goes into effect Friday as planned, except in
the 13 states that filed the North Dakota lawsuit.
"The Clean Water Rule is fundamental to protecting and restoring the
nation's water resources that are vital for our health, environment and
economy," said Melissa Harrison, a spokeswoman for the agency. She says
the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers "have been preparing to
implement the rule on the effective date of Aug. 28."