The EPA’s chief listened to a business-heavy audience complain about his agency’s Clean Water Act regulations under former President Obama during a meeting in Orangeburg County on Monday.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt made the stop at a sod farm near the town of Cameron as part of a multistate tour designed to show how the Trump Administration is undoing some of the Obama Administration’s regulations that conservatives consider overreaching. He found a sympathetic audience in the event hosted by South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers, a fellow Republican. Among those invited to attend were farmers, power utilities, home builders and developers who worried they would have seen an increase in bureaucracy and regulations under the 2015 “Waters of the U.S.” Rule.
“What we’re doing is hearing from folks in the states,” Pruitt told a group of reporters in attendance. “Not associations in Washington, D.C., not 501 c(3)s and… other organizations which exist just to engage in advocacy. We’re hearing from people on the ground across the country that are being impacted by the rules we adopt.” [Read more…]