Georgia successful in blocking WOTUS Rule

On Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced that the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of Georgia and nine other states to block the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule.  “This court ruling rightfully rejected gross federal overreach into state land and water regulation, ultimately protecting the livelihoods of thousands of Georgia farm families and agribusinesses,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “I thank Attorney General Carr for his leadership and look forward to working with leaders in our state’s top industry to ensure a bright future for Georgia agriculture.”  “For more than four years, Georgia has led a multi-state coalition in the fight against the 2015 WOTUS Rule, a clear example of federal overreach that infringed on the States’ traditional role as primary regulators of land and water resources within their borders,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We are proud to have fought for this relief, and we look forward to reforms that will permanently relieve farmers and landowners of the unnecessary burdens that the 2015 WOTUS Rule created.”  “Four years ago, federal regulators tried to sell us a bill of goods with this wretched rule. The court has now rightfully replied back ‘going, going, gone’,” said Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.