“I am disappointed at the lack of consideration shown to the states throughout this process,” said Governor Mead. “When I saw the original draft of the rule it was so flawed, I asked the agencies to withdraw it. Nonetheless, the agencies, without addressing significant concerns raised by Wyoming and other states, charged ahead.”
The Clean Water Act recognizes states as having primary responsibility for land and water within their boundaries. The coalition which filed the Complaint today includes the States of North Dakota, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico State Engineer are also parties.
“This rule expands the reach of federal agencies to lands and waters beyond the bounds set by Congress,” said Mead. “It is wrong for Wyoming, for every state and for the United States, and it is unlawful.”
A copy of the Complaint is available on the Governor’s website.