AFBF, states file lawsuits to halt water rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), along with a number of other agricultural and construction organizations, have petitioned a federal district court in Texas to stop federal agencies from enacting a rule to redefine the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.

The petition claims that the Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS rule, which is set to go into effect in late August, grants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broad control of land use that is beyond the...

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