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Senators Push Back on Proposed Clean Water Act Rule

Washington--A group of senators, all members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama expressing concern that the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Water Act rule reveals the agency is attempting to "obtain de facto land use authority over the property of families, neighborhoods and communities throughout the United States."

In a statement released last week, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman noted that the EPA proposal poses a serious threat to farmers, ranchers and other landowners. "Under EPA's proposed new rule, waters-even ditches-are regulated even if they are miles from the nearest 'navigable' waters. Indeed, so-called 'waters' are regulated even if they aren't wet most of the time," Stallman said. Further, "EPA says its new rule will reduce uncertainty, and that much seems to be true: there isn't much uncertainty if most every feature where water flows or stands after a rainfall is federally regulated."

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