More than 200 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter last week to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Department of the Army Secretary John McHugh asking them to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule – according to The Hill. The lawmakers say the new rule – which seeks to clarify which bodies of water EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers can regulate – would be particularly damaging to the ag industry.
Under the proposed plan – Representative Doc Hastings of Washington says there would be no body of water in America that wouldn’t be at risk from job-destroying federal regulation. Hastings says the expansion of federal control will impact the livelihoods and viability of farmers and small businesses in rural America.
Source: NAFB News service