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TSCRA Submits Comments Opposing EPA Water Rule Proposal

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:51:43 CST

TSCRA Submits Comments Opposing EPA Water Rule Proposal
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President, Pete Bonds, today made the following statement after TSCRA submitted comments on Friday opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule proposal. The rule would redefine the term navigable under the waters of the U.S. to give the federal government jurisdiction over all water in the country.

"As a cattle rancher and landowner, the EPA water rule proposal causes me a great deal of concern," said Bonds. "If implemented the federal government would have control over all water in the U.S., clear down to the water that falls off the brim of my hat when it rains.

"The rule goes even further to expand EPA's authority to not only water, but also ditches and man-made conveyances that could hold water. Additionally, it would require landowners to obtain costly permits to apply pesticides, graze cattle, conduct construction projects and perform other routine maintenance on their land. These permits can take up to a year to receive.

"This rule amounts to the largest land grab in history and would not be good for the cattle industry or the landowners in our country. I hope the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers will take our comments into serious consideration and realize the detrimental impact this proposal could have on our important industry if it is implemented."

To read the comments that TSCRA submitted to the EPA, click here.



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