Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. Senator Steve Daines and other officials are celebrating a ruling by the Sixth U.S. Court of Appeals halting the EPA's 'Waters of the U.S.' regulation nationwide.

Spokesman John Barnes released a statement from Attorney General Fox.

“In halting implementation of the Waters of the U.S. regulation nationwide, the Sixth Circuit made the right decision today. Montana and several other states have already been successful in stopping implementation of this new regulation in our own states, and today’s ruling makes it clear the courts recognize the states’ arguments against the regulation have strong legal merit. The Waters of the U.S. regulation is flagrant overreach by the EPA and Corps of Engineers, and Montana will do everything possible to stop it permanently.”


Montana was one of the first states to file suit against the Waters of the U.S. regulation. A total of thirty-one states have filed suit against it in various court jurisdictions throughout the country. With the regulation now halted nationwide, the states’ legal case against it will proceed.