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Environment Texas
The Texas Tribune
Jim Malewitz

The Obama administration’s controversial new clean water regulations apply in Texas after all.

Clarifying an injunction he issued last week, a federal judge in North Dakota says he blocked the federal Waters of the U.S. rule — aimed at better defining the scope of bodies of water protected under the federal Clean Water Act — from taking effect in only 13 states suing in his court.

Texas is not one of them.

It’s a setback for Attorney General Ken Paxton, who cheered the injunction last week, arguing that it applied nationwide...

“We’re happy to see that the federal court in North Dakota has confirmed what we already knew: the Waters of the U.S. rule is in full effect in Texas,” Sara Smith, an attorney with the group Environment Texas, said Friday in a statement. “This means loopholes in the Clean Water Act that threatened more than 143,000 miles of Texas’ streams and the drinking water for 11.5 million Texans are finally closed.”