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Farm Bureau Alleges EPA Abused Rulemaking Process

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Ellen Steen
Ellen Steen

In testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, the American Farm Bureau Federation told lawmakers the Environmental Protection Agency has abused the rulemaking process in forming the “Waters of the U.S.” rule. AFBF’s Ellen Steen told the committee “legitimate concerns over how the rule would affect agriculture, in particular, were subtly twisted and then dismissed as ‘silly’ and ‘ludicrous’ and ‘myths.”  Further, EPA conducted a campaign to  “obscure the on-the-ground impact of the rule and to smear groups, like Farm Bureau, that dared to explain those impacts to the public.”

The American Farm Bureau has been analyzing the final rule by the EPA and recently stated “we have read the fine print, and what we’ve found is alarming: The final rule is significantly worse than even the original proposal.”