- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory is praising an appeals court ruling that blocked a new federal rule involving small streams, wetlands and other waterways.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday put the regulations on hold nationwide until the jurisdiction of lawsuits challenging them is resolved. McCrory’s state environmental department is among states that have filed legal complaints against the rule.

A majority on the three-judge panel found the legal challenges have a “substantial possibility of success.”

The case focuses on which smaller waterways are subject to federal oversight under the Clean Water Act.

State environment Secretary Donald van der Vaart says the rule would place “excessive, unnecessary regulations” on North Carolina agriculture and land development when many state water quality programs exceed federal requirements.

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