In a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, most of what legislators had to say about the U.S. EPA's waters of the United States rule wasn't praise – and it wasn't far from what farm groups are saying, either.
The proposed rule, released officially in March, has livestock and general farm groups united under the same goal to see it eliminated.
Ultimately, the proposal would dictate what falls under the definition of waters of the U.S., therefore designating EPA's and Army Corps of Engineers' jurisdiction for enforcement of regulations outlined in the Clean Water Act.
If approved as written, ag groups say it would hurt farmers' ability to make management decisions for their own land. Ditches and intermittent streams on private land, for example, could be subject to permit approval before farmers can complete typical farming and ranching tasks.
“EPA is deliberately misleading the regulated community about the impacts on land use," AFBF's Bob Stallman told the House Subcommittee.
For more background on EPA's 'waters' rule and this week's happenings, follow the links below:
1. Water rule comes under fire. Feedstuffs
2. EPA’s water rule takes bipartisan beating. The Hill
3. EPA approves extension of comment period for waters rule. Farm Futures
4. Over-regulated? Don't Blame EPA; Go After The REAL Bad Guys Farm Progress
6. Potential impacts of proposed changes to the Clean Water Act (video) Transport Committe