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Shuster Introduces Legislation to Stop EPA's Attack on Pennsylvanians

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg), Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will introduce the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 on Monday. This legislation requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposed rule.

"Our economy can't grow if the Obama Administration is standing in the way with new job killing regulations at every turn," said Congressman Shuster. "This EPA power grab demonstrates how important it is that Congress reins in the federal government. My legislation stops the Waters of the United States rule and protects Pennsylvania farmers, homebuilders, and small businesses from its harmful implications."

The Obama Administration's WOTUS proposal attempts to "clarify" which water bodies are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. But in doing so, the EPA would open the door to new levels of federal overreach and would have a drastic impact on the agriculture and construction industries, along with many others. The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act requires the withdrawal of the deeply flawed rule. In addition, it requires the administration to consult state and local governments, along with industries that will be affected before drafting a new rule.

"It doesn't seem to matter if it’s coal, natural gas, or even agriculture," continued Shuster. "The president has set an aggressive agenda focused on increasing the federal government's role in each of these industries, and Republicans must continue to advance policies that stop him.”

According to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, if the rule is approved the EPA will gain authority to regulate over 60,000 acres of land in the 9th Congressional District. Since WOTUS was put forth Congressman Shuster has been leading efforts in the House to stop it. Along with chairing a bicameral hearing on the issue earlier this Congress, he also held a field hearing in the 9th District during the 113th Congress to raise awareness of its impact.