Arizona Delegation Members Respond to the EPA Water Legislation

18 September 2015  
Representative Paul Gosar questions EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the Animus River Spill. 

Gosar asked Administrator Gina McCarthy about the Environmental Protection Agency’s incompetence and hypocrisy after the Animus River Spill during a joint Congressional Hearing. 

In the meantime, US Senator John McCain cosponsors legislation disapproving of the EPA’s bill that will harm Arizona Landowners.

Read the press release:


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today cosponsored a resolution introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and 45 other Senators disapproving of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Water Rule,” which expands the agency’s control of land and waterways in the United States under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as WOTUS. The Senators’ resolution would address this ill-conceived rule by sending a message to the EPA that it failed to address the concerns raised by farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and small businesses in Arizona and across the country.

“The EPA’s so-called ‘Clean Water Rule’ is a just another example of the expansion of harmful government overreach and overregulation under the Obama Administration,” said Senator McCain. “This rule will expand the EPA’s jurisdiction to roughly 60 percent of all ‘waters of the United States,’ giving the agency authority over virtually all streams, dry desert washes and even certain ditches and stock ponds throughout Arizona. I continue to hear from farmers, ranchers, homebuilders and landowners across our state who are concerned that they will need to hire consultants simply to determine if their land is under the EPA’s jurisdiction – or else face hefty fines or even jail time. I will continue to support legislation to block the implementation of the rule, which will have a devastating impact on hardworking Americans contributing to vital sectors of our state and nation’s economy.”

Senator McCain recently sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy expressing concern about the damage that the Clean Water Rule is doing to the State of Arizona, and questioning whether the agency considered how the rule would impact local economies before implementing it. In addition, the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works recently approved the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, a bill introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and cosponsored by Senators McCain and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that would prevent the EPA from using its Clean Water Rule as a tool to control land or isolated water. Senators McCain and Flake’s recent op-ed in The Arizona Republic also highlights the potentially devastating effects of this rule and other Obama Administration regulations on Arizona businesses and landowners.

The full resolution is here.        

Lynne LaMaster