North Carolina opponents of EPA’s new rules defining “Waters of the United States” are lining up to challenge the new Trump Administration rule in court. N.C. DEQ and AG Josh Stein and 16 states filed suit against the Army and EPA. More than a dozen environmental groups including the N. C. Coastal Federation and N.C. Wildlife Federation also filed in federal court to overturn the rule redefining waters subject to regulation by the Clean Water Act. The rule is set to take effect June 22. The challengers contend many waterways and unique wetlands were left unprotected.
EPA and the Department of the Army have 60 days to respond.