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Obama’s wetlands protection rule put ‘too much emphasis’ on science, Trump officials argue

How the U.S. government should regulate small, isolated wetlands, such as this prairie pothole, has long been the subject of controversy. SNAK SHAK/FLICKR (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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President Donald Trump’s administration is faulting its predecessor for overemphasizing science in writing a 2015 Clean Water Act rule aimed at defining what isolated wetlands and waterways deserve automatic federal regulatory protection. As it proposes to repeal the Clean Water Rule, or Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS), regulation, the Trump-led agencies say the previous administration gave too much weight to the “Connectivity Report.”