For Immediate Release: June 27, 2017

Contact: Devon Coquillard 509-624-1158


National Mining Group Applauds End to WOTUS Rule

Ending rule allows U.S. mining industry to get back to work.

Today, President Trump and Administrator Pruitt fulfilled their promise to end federal overreach and get out of the way of responsible development. The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) applauds the end of the flawed and misguided Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. This federal effort would have had a devastating effect on the jobs mining provides.

The Obama WOTUS rule greatly expanded Clean Water Act jurisdiction over ephemeral streams, adjacent waters and ditches and would have substantially increased the time and costs of obtaining required permits.

Our members are greatly encouraged to see the Trump administration undo this unnecessary rule and return states’ authority over water regulation and regulatory certainty that is crucial to a prosperous American mining industry,” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director. Mining is ready to get back to work and grow communities.  Ending this deeply flawed rule allows us to do just that.”

AEMA welcomes this return of balance between state and federal water regulation.


View press release here: AEMA Applauds End of WOTUS