Sandoval encouraged by District Court granting Nevada's request for injunction
From the Governor's Office
CARSON CITY, NV – Governor Brian Sandoval released the following statement after the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota issued an order granting a preliminary injunction in favor of Nevada and other states who are parties to the Water of the United States litigation.
“I am encouraged by the court’s decision to issue a preliminary injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency’s expansion of the Clean Water Act. The court’s decision illustrates that the EPA’s proposed rule poses irreparable harm to the state of Nevada and warrants immediate court intervention,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Nevada continues to collaborate with the federal government on issues ranging from sage-grouse management to land conveyances, as demonstrated just this week in Yerington. However, on issues pertaining to intrastate water resource conservation and management, ultimate regulatory authority belongs with the state of Nevada.”
More information about the WOTUS injunction issued in North Dakota can be found in this article.
Following the announcement of the injunction in the North Dakota case, EPA has announced it will continue to implement the WOTUS rule today in states that were not party to the lawsuit. Per the attached press release from EPA, they will continue to implement the WOTUS in all states except Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In those 13 state, the former regulation will remain in place.
In addition, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) submitted a letter to EPA and Army Corps of Engineers emphasizing the need to postpone the effective date of the rule.