- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum is applauding the Trump administration’s steps to roll back an Obama administration policy that expanded protections for some state streams, tributaries and wetlands.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday outlined a process for rescinding a 2015 regulation that defines which waterways are covered under the Clean Water Act.

The Obama administration’s policy protected more than half the nation’s streams from pollution. Environmentalists say the rule was essential to protecting water for human consumption and wildlife. But farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups criticized the move.

Burgum called the former president’s policy an “egregious example of regulatory overreach.”

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