“The Trump administration can’t just say, ‘Well, we don’t like the rule, we’re going to vacate it.’”


The EPA’s 2015 WOTUS rules are one of the Trump Administration’s highest profile policy disagreements.

One of the highest profile policy disagreements in Washington involves the Trump Administration’s effort to revoke the EPA’s 2015 Waters of the US (WOTUS) rules. Currently stayed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (for more, click here), this rule is a prime focus for both the Trump Administration and a majority of State Attorneys-General.

For a detailed analysis of this issue, please listen to a new podcast featuring our colleague Larry Liebesman and well-known Politico reporter Annie Snider. The podcast is a joint project of the Allegheny Front, an environmental reporting project covering issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, and Point Park University’s Journalism School.

As Larry explains in the podcast:

The Trump administration can’t just say, ‘Well, we don’t like the rule, we’re going to vacate it.’ That gets a lot more problematic, because if an agency decides to vacate a rule or modify it, they have to go through a formal rulemaking process.

Prior to joining the Dawson team in 2015, Larry spent more than 10 years litigating water and environmental permitting matters at the U.S. Justice Department.

Bravo, Larry!

Bruce Berwick
Senior Vice President

A member of the Dawson team since 2016, Bruce was Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.

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