North Dakota and 23 other states grant preliminary injunction halting WOTUS

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A preliminary injunction has been granted halting the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing the new definition of WOTUS in North Dakota and 23 other states.

U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland put the injunction into place, which stops the 2023 WOTUS rule.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said the news is welcome news.

“I applaud the decision today by Judge Hovland. North Dakota properly, sensibly and consistently protects the waters of our state. The revised WOTUS definition is a blatant overreach of authority that significantly and unlawfully expands federal control over our state’s sovereign land and water resources.”

Texas and Idaho were previously granted an injunction in March. The 23 other states include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.