Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Just in from Washington

Congressional Opposition to Clean Water Act Welcomed

Washington--The American Farm Bureau Federation appreciates the bipartisan support of 170 members of Congress in challenging “regulatory guidance” that the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are considering for the Clean Water Act.

In a statement released Monday, AFBF President Bob Stallman noted that the guidance would take an overly broad view of “waters of the U.S.” In addition, it would serve as a road map for EPA and the Corps to designate nearly all water bodies, and even some dry land, as subject to federal regulations that dictate land-use decisions.

“If unchecked, the guidance would lead to more Clean Water Act permitting requirements, more litigation and less economic growth at a time when our nation needs it most,” Stallman said. He pointed out that the proper procedure for putting federal policy in place is either by proposing formal rules after taking public comments into consideration or proposing legislation for Congress to consider.

AFBF statement

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