- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s congressional delegation is applauding a federal appeals court ruling in Cincinnati that blocks nationwide an Obama administration rule giving the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways.

Republican Sen. John Hoeven says the ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals builds on an August ruling by a federal judge in North Dakota blocking the rule in 13 states that sued.

Lawsuits are pending across the country. Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer says the Sixth Circuit decision “is another battle won in the long war” to repeal the rule.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the decision is an important step for the rest of the country.

The government issued the regulations after two Supreme Court rulings left uncertain which waterways can be protected under the Clean Water Act.

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