No amount of clearer and concise implementation guidance can address the flaws in the final Waters of the U.S. rule, AFBF and 54 other organizations wrote to 11 senators who sent a letter to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers asking the agencies for direction in implementing the rule.
The senators who received Farm Bureau’s letter are: Angus King Jr. (I-Maine); Bill Nelson (D-Florida); Tim Kaine (D-Virginia); Mark Warner (D-Virginia); Dianne Feinstein (D-California); Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii); Chris Coons (D-Delaware); Tom Carper (D-Delaware); John Tester (D-Montana); Michael Bennet (D-Colorado); and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota).
The senators’ letter to the agencies was transmitted the same day the lawmakers voted against advancing to debate on the Farm Bureau-supported Federal Water Quality Protection Act (S. 1140). The bill would force EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to scrap its own, extreme interpretation of the Clean Water Act and craft a new rule that would fall within the parameters of Congress’ intent. The EPA and Army Corps would be required to take into consideration the valid concerns of farmers, ranchers, home builders and others who would be affected by the new rule.
Legislation is the Only Way to Ensure EPA Addresses Flaws in WOTUS
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