Judge Doubts ‘Harm’ To States From Narrower WOTUS Rule Taking Effect

May 21, 2020
A federal judge is asking California and other states challenging the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to explain by May 22 why they would face “irreparable harm” from letting the policy take effect June 22 before he rules on whether to stay it, saying it is unclear that the states would suffer such harm. “While plaintiffs’ desire to have their preliminary injunction decided prior to the effective date of the Clean Water Act rule is understandable,...

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