PLC Files Opening Brief in WOTUS Legal Battle
November 4, 2016

The Public Lands Council, along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed the opening brief this week in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps' "waters of the United States" rule to be invalidated. PLC represents western sheep and cattle producers who hold public lands-grazing permits.

The opening brief details how the agencies disregarded the statutory and constitutional limits of federal authority, lobbied on their own rule making and failed to craft a rule that meets the rigors of the law.

PLC President Dave Eliason said WOTUS is just one example of the onslaught of regulations that rural America is facing.

"Regulatory overreach is becoming the norm for farmers, ranchers and small businesses across the country, hampering economic growth and threatening the stability of many rural communities," said Eliason. "Unfortunately, because Congress has repeatedly failed to act on this issue, we are fighting the legal battle to keep this rule from being implemented."

The American Sheep Industry Association is a member of PLC.