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SBA, EPA at odds on proposed Clean Water Act rule

Ditch the Rule-2Oct. 3, 2014—It’s not all smooth sailing for the Obama administration as the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is urging EPA to sink its proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule. In a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the SBA warned the rule would hurt small businesses, a concern shared by farmers and ranchers and many others across the country.  

“The SBA’s frankness may surprise some, but it does not surprise us. The EPA has been heedless and cavalier in its disregard for the American farmers who would be most affected by this unworkable proposal,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.   

The SBA also took issue with EPA’s failure to conduct a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel prior to releasing the rule for comment and said because of this, the rule should be withdrawn. The SBA directed EPA to conduct an SBA Review Panel prior to re-proposing the rule.   
While farmers and ranchers have been focused on the proposed rule’s direct impacts on their livelihoods, Stallman said Farm Bureau agrees with SBA’s findings that EPA did not do all it was obligated to under law before the rule was made public.   

“Once again, we say it: It’s time to ditch this rule,” Stallman said.   
To help Farm Bureau members and others across the country express the need for EPA to “Ditch the Rule,” Farm Bureau launched a website at . Focused on topics and analysis related to the “waters of the U.S.” proposed rule, the easy-to-navigate site includes several sections: Take Action, Go Social, Find Answers and Get Resources. Visitors may also sign up to learn more, comment on the proposed rule and send tweets using the hashtag #DitchTheRule.     

The comment period on the proposed rule ends on Oct. 20. You can submit your comments here:  
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