Weekly Focus

New Mexico Ruling Highlights Courts’ Complicated Role In WOTUS Policy

September 30, 2021
A new ruling from a federal district court judge in New Mexico remanding and vacating the Trump administration’s definition of waters of the United States (WOTUS), the second such decision vacating the rule, is highlighting the complicated nature of trying to address the scope of the Clean Water Act (CWA) through the courts. Judge Martha Vazquez of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Sept. 27 in Navajo Nation v. Regan to vacate and remand...

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