The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with many other agricultural and business groups asked the federal government on Nov. 1 to annul the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Waters of the United States rule. 

“EPA set out to achieve a predetermined outcome and then manipulated the public notice-and-comment process to achieve that outcome,” AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen said in an AFBF press release. “It treated the rulemaking process like a game to be won instead of a deliberative process for developing lawful and reasonable regulations.”

The brief from the coalition opposing WOTUS explains how the rule violates the Clean Water Act and the Consitiution and how reliance on vague definitions of what is considered a "water of the U.S." could allow for extreme overreach by the EPA.