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Industry optimistic about Supreme Court hearing on WOTUS jurisdiction

High court hears arguments on whether "waters of the U.S." rule challenge should start in federal or district courts.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case brought by dozens of agricultural organizations, businesses and municipalities against a Clean Water Act rule that would give the government broad jurisdiction over land and water. After oral arguments were held Oct. 10, it appears that the Supreme Court might allow federal district courts to handle legal challenges to the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which is exactly the outcome many farm groups are seeking.

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