Conservatives and farmers around the country and in Missouri celebrated President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order Tuesday asking the Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States rule.
The rule was recommended under former President Barack Obama’s administration to the displeasure of agricultural and business interests who felt it stifled property rights through its wide breadth. Though Trump’s order is just a reconsideration, it will effectively kill the rule change, especially with Scott Pruitt, a vocal opponent of the rule, now chairing the EPA.
The prospect of a repeal is good news to State Rep. Jay Houghton, the chairman of the House Agricultural Policy Committee, who said the repeal “removes some of the proposed burdensome regulations to farmers.”
The Missouri Farm Bureau opposed the rule when it was just a proposition in 2014, with a music video and a visual display at the Missouri State Fair to show more than 99 percent of Missouri’s land would be impacted by the rule change.
Attorney General Josh Hawley also celebrated the repeal. The previous tenant of the office, Chris Koster, joined a lawsuit with 12 other states against the federal government in June 2015 to fight the rule change.
Read more: The Missouri Times