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New EPA Administration Water Officials Appear Willing to Work With Agriculture Says NCBA's Scott Yager
Thu, 25 Feb 2021 07:41:49 CST
The Biden Administrationís EPA appears willing to work with agriculture on water issues said Scott Yager, Chief Environmental Counsel of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
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Yager commented on the latest WOTUS rule during the NCBAís virtual winter conference this week.
The Navigable Waters Protection Rule, the Trump administrationís replacement for the Obama era WOTUS rule went into effect last June and the focus since has turned to the courtroom where so-called ďblueĒ states are attempting to overturn the Trump rule.
Yager said this week the new administration canít resist challenging the Trump water rule.
Itís just so politically charged at this moment, Yager said, as the Biden administration has to do something.
The question is how they do it. They canít just make the 2015 rule come back, Yager said.
What I think is more likely to happen is they will look at the Trump rule and 2015 rule and try to thread the needle in between to find something that will satisfy the conservative majority 6-3 Supreme Court, Yager said.
We know itís going to the Supreme Court so they will be writing a rule that will survive a conservative court, he said.
Yager said the EPA seems to be open to listening to the cattle industry.
The NCBA official noted they recently had a visit with the top EPA water official, and it was the quickest opportunity the cattle group has had in regard to meeting with new EPA administration officials.
That was great news as they want to work with us as a partner and that gives me hope because climate is going to be a top item for all government agencies, Yager said.
Itís a very different landscape than weíve ever dealt with before on this issue, Yager added.
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