In a May 13 press release the Portland Cement Association voiced its support of the House of Representative's vote against a decision that would have expanded the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' regulatory powers under the Clean Water Act. The proposed rule would have changed what is defined as "Waters of the United States" in the Clean Water Act.
According to the PCA press release:
By changing the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) the proposed rule would expand the Agencies’ authorities to unprecedented levels, threatening private property rights and economic development. H.R. 1732, the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015,” would force EPA and the Corp to develop a new proposal that respects the jurisdictional limitations imposed by Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court ... "We take environmental compliance very seriously, and this vague and arbitrary approach would make that job more difficult," said [James G. Toscas, PCA president and CEO]. "It is so ambiguous that it could include something as minor as a temporary pool of water that forms after a rainstorm, with determinations made on a case-by-case basis. The industry looks forward to working with the EPA, state and local officials and other partners on the development of reasonable water guidelines.”