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Perspectives on water rule changes cover wide range

An egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. Conservationists and politicians have different viewpoints about the Trump administration's rolling back water safety standards. [AP File Photo]
An egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. Conservationists and politicians have different viewpoints about the Trump administration's rolling back water safety standards. [AP File Photo]

While many Oklahoma politicians applauded the announcement last week of the final phase in rollbacks on Waters of The United States rules, the issue remains complicated for conservationists.

State Republicans celebrated the announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency and what it means for Oklahoma agriculture and development, while water conservation groups panned the rollbacks and pointed to an uncertain future.

Gov. Kevin Stitt has praised the proposed rollbacks in the past and on Friday Attorney General Mike Hunter issued a statement that the new rule is "a significant improvement" over the 2015 WOTUS Rules set by then-President Barack Obama. Hunter previously labeled those rules illegal.

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