Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Cattle Groups Say EPA, Corps Hijack Clean Water Act to Expand Regulatory Authority

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:47:44 CDT

Cattle Groups Say EPA, Corps Hijack Clean Water Act to Expand Regulatory Authority

States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the "Waters of the United States" rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). While the agencies continue to claim their proposal does not expand the scope of the Clean Water Act, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), Missouri Cattlemen's Association and Missouri Farm Bureau showcased new interactive maps today, Aug. 14, 2014, at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., that illustrate how the proposal will impact property owners throughout the country.


"The maps highlight just how far the proposed rule would expand federal jurisdiction over waters across the country," said Ashley McDonald, NCBA environmental counsel. "In Missouri alone, nearly 80,000 additional stream miles will be under the regulatory authority of EPA and the Corps. Logic and commonsense tells us that the surrounding land will also be regulated more than ever before. This rule just continues this administration's regulatory rampage and enough is enough. Farmers and ranchers are not confused and are well aware of this administration's blatant attempt to control every drop of water and every piece of private land in this country."


The proposal goes as far to include ditches in the definition of a tributary. McDonald said any activity near a jurisdictional ditch will now require a federal permit and as a result, many farmers and ranchers will need to acquire permits for routine land use activities.


"Instead of providing the clarity that so many people have asked for, the agencies have instead proposed a rule that muddies the water even further through their clever use of ambiguous and vague terminology," said McDonald. "Their actions have only created more questions for farmers and ranchers. The agency's proposed rule adds more layers of government bureaucracy and red tape and amounts to nothing more than a pervasive invasion of private property rights."


NCBA is working with a multi-industry coalition to ensure private property rights are protected. If this proposed rule is not withdrawn, according to McDonald, family farmers and ranchers will find themselves at the "mercy of the regulatory whims of the federal government."


   


 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Emergency Drought Commission Approves Three Million Dollar Cost Share Program to Push Back Against Drought  Sat, 01 Oct 2022 15:07:05 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2 p.m. September 30, 2022  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 16:43:53 CDT
  • Chairman David Scott Releases Statement Congratulating Vincent Garfield Logan on His Confirmation to Farm Credit Administration Board  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 15:07:33 CDT
  • Op-Ed from Kenneth Corn: USDA- We Serve Rural Communities Too  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:57:02 CDT
  • Hard Red Winter Wheat production lowest since 1957  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:44:28 CDT
  • Latest Southern Plains Perspective Blog: Hot, dry, dust and smoke all outside the back door.  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 13:47:21 CDT
  • Wheat Production Estimates for Oklahoma Fall Six Percent from August to September   Fri, 30 Sep 2022 12:16:36 CDT
  • Younger Cows are Starting to Come to Town, Says Bob Rodenberger  Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:46:55 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Beef council Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit Ag Mediation Program P&K Equipment Oklahoma City Farm Show Union Mutual Stillwater Milling Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association KIS FUTURES, INC.
       

       

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2022 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.