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Manufacturers welcomed the release this week of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed new Clean Water Rule, which would provide long overdue clarity to water protections.

“EPA’s new Clean Water Rule is a positive step forward for manufacturers, for our country and for responsible environmental stewardship,” said National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons, who spoke at the announcement. “The uncertainty created by the overreaching and unfair 2015 WOTUS rule threatened manufacturing jobs, and it failed to protect clean water adequately. Smart water policy is critical for all of us, and manufacturers are committed to keeping our promise to use the certainty we have been given to do our part to make our water and air cleaner—and our environment healthier.” Last year, manufacturers supported President Donald Trump’s executive order to rescind and replace the onerous 2015 WOTUS rule with a more reasonable rule. The NAM’s Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action has been in active litigation against the rule since July 2015 and scored a significant victory earlier this year before the U.S. Supreme Court, which resolved a major procedural obstacle. In October, the NAM filed a motion for summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas seeking to strike down the 2015 rule in its entirety.