Washington, D.C. (November 3, 2015)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today urged the Senate to proceed to debate on S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act of 2015. The bill would instruct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put forth a new rule based on set criteria about what constitutes a “water of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.
“The recent redefinition of what constitutes a WOTUS goes far beyond what Congress intended in passing the Clean Water Act and expands EPA regulatory jurisdiction in an unprecedented way. The fact that the Sixth Circuit Court has enjoined enforcement of the rules shows that there are major problems with what EPA and the Corps produced and that Congress should provide additional direction to the agencies to fix it,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “A debate on S. 1140 would be an important step in that direction, and so we urge senators to vote ‘yes’ on the motion to proceed later today.”