National Corn Growers Urge Farmers to Weigh in on WOTUSWed, 13 Aug 2014 16:15:07 CDT
The National Corn Growers Association is reminding farmers to submit their comments on 'Waters of the US'. proposal. NCGA has expressed concern that this rule could
significantly expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act and creates more uncertainty as to what will be subject to federal regulation.
NCGA has many serious concerns regarding the impact the proposed rule could have on U.S. farmers. NCGA's concerns fall into four main areas:
-- Farmers will face tremendous uncertainty because of the way the rule defines what is a tributary and what is an adjacent water subject to the Clean Water Act.
-- The proposed rule represents a significant expansion of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction relative to anything that has ever been covered in a previous rulemaking and contradicts two U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
-- The vast numbers of ditches that would be subject to federal jurisdiction.
-- Farmers will be required to obtain NPDES permits or face the threat of citizen action suits challenging the use of fertilizers and pesticides on or near drainage features that are made jurisdictional.
NCGA is urging farmers to contact EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in making sure EPA hears from America's farmers. NCGA has a established a webpage to help farmers begin the process by clicking here.
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