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States Sue Over WOTUS

States Sue Over WOTUS By Bonner R. Cohen  The Obama administration’s plan to expand the definition of wetlands in order to increase the number of waterways protected by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) edicts is running into multiple roadblocks.             Twenty-nine states are suing EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in two separate lawsuits, over the White House’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which was...

Obama Designates Three New National Monuments

Over the objections of many local, state and federal legislators from the affected areas, in early July, President Barack Obama designated new national monuments in California, Nevada and Texas.  The designation of more than 1,000,000 acres of public lands as national monuments, foreclosed previously allowed commercial and recreational activities those lands, leading some Republicans and local officials to accuse Obama of a backdoor land grab ignoring the interests of local residents....

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