Farmer Co-ops Applaud Proposed Rule to Rescind Waters of U.S. Definition


Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2017)–The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) applauded today’s proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would rescind the definition of “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act (CWA) proposed by the Obama Administration in 2015.

“Today’s proposed rule would end the overreach enacted by the previous Administration when it greatly expanded federal jurisdiction over lands that Congress never intended to be regulated by the Clean Water Act.,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “In fact, today’s action simply extends the status quo, since courts had stayed the rule’s implementation after numerous challenges were filed by states, municipalities and other stakeholders. A new approach can ensure that Americans can enjoy clean water while limiting the rule’s impact on upland areas and isolated waters.

“This is an important first step in the process of developing a new approach to ensure that Americans can enjoy clean water while limiting unintended consequences for upland areas and isolated waters,” Conner continued. “We fully endorse the goal of the CWA to keep pollutants out of our nation’s waters, and look forward to a rulemaking that supports our longstanding and ongoing efforts to achieve that goal.”

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