Support WOTUS Repeal

Farm Bureau members across the nation are encouraged to submit comments in support of repeal of the 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule. Learn more at www.fb.org/wotus-comments The rule was not implemented because it was halted by both a federal district court and a federal court of appeals. But those court orders are only temporary. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's current proposal would eliminate the 2015 WOTUS rule permanently, while the agency goes back to the drawing board to develop a definition that protects water quality without asserting federal regulatory power over puddles in farm fields. The deadline for commenting on this rule is Sept. 27. In addition to extending the comment period for the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have scheduled 10 teleconferences during which stakeholders can share their recommendations for the proposal. The weekly teleconferences will begin on Sept. 19 and run through Nov. 21. People and organizations wishing to provide verbal recommendations during the teleconference will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals will be limited to three minutes. The agencies will hold nine, two-hour long teleconferences that will be tailored for specific sectors, plus one additional teleconference that will be open to the general public. The agencies will also hold one in-person session for small entities. https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/outreach-meetings

EPA Regulatory Reform

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently submitted a Federal Register notice to solicit public comments on agency regulations. This followed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's launch of his “Back to Basics” agenda to refocus the agency's core mission, which also includes returning power to the states and creating an environment where jobs can grow. Pruitt emphasized the importance of engaging with state, local and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth. The EPA announcement is consistent with Farm Bureau objectives for regulatory reform.

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