The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has agreed with the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, which further defines Waters of the United States, is damaging to small businesses.
The committee said that the agency should have consulted with stakeholders before issuing the final rule.
In a report, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s committee chairman David Vitter, R-La is quoted as saying: “I am certain that today’s resolution expressing the Sense of the Senate Small Business Committee will stress the importance of including all affected parties – including America’s small businesses – when issuing major, expensive rules and regulations.
“WOTUS [Waters of the United States] in particular will have a significant, negative economic impact, which is why I will continue to fight on behalf of America’s small businesses and work to repeal the EPA’s absurd attempt to expand its authority into our backyards.”
The committee resolution states that the rule would have a ‘significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities’ and recommends that it be withdrawn and that a review of the term ‘waters of the United States’ is conducted with a small business advocacy panel.