Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm Programming Radio Oklahoma Network  |  7401 N. Kelley Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73111  |  (405) 841-3675  |  Fax: (405) 841-3674

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Pruitt Tackles WOTUS Rule in DC with Hopes of Earning Back Landowners' Confidence in the EPA

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 17:44:35 CDT

Pruitt Tackles WOTUS Rule in DC with Hopes of Earning Back Landowners' Confidence in the EPA When considering the core mission of the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency’s new administrator, Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma, tells Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, it has lost its moorings. During a brief visit to his home state Tuesday, Administrator Pruitt explained to Hays, how rolling back the Waters of the United States rule, will help bring the EPA back to the basics. You can listen to Hays’ interview with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about the current status of the WOTUS rule’s rescission, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of this story.


“As far as the WOTUS rule is concerned,” Pruitt said, “what folks need to understand is - we’re on the pathway to undoing, rescinding the previous rule, which is need.”


Currently, Pruitt has issued a stay against the standing rule, put in place by the previous administration. He emphasizes that farmer, ranchers and landowners of all types need feel confident that the rule as it is written today, will never be put into effect.


“So, we’ve begun the process to withdraw, rescind that rule,” he said. “Second to that, we’ll begin the process to provide a definition that fits the Clean Water Act, and the jurisdiction of the EPA.”


In doing this, Pruitt says potential power grabs displacing state authority like that attempted by the EPA under Gina McCarthy’s administration, will be avoided. Pruitt also insists stakeholders will have a seat at the table when this issue is being discussed.


“In fact, we’re going to have voices and comments through that process to help us understand what continuous service connection equals with respect to wetlands; what does a continuous flow of water actually mean…,” Pruitt proposed. “We want to move this process to where there’s objective criteria. That’s what’s expected.”


Regarding a timeframe to see a full rollback of WOTUS actually happen is hard to nail down at this point, but Pruitt says he has challenged his internal team to have the legwork done by as early as the end of this year, and adds that, ‘they are hard at it.’


“People at the local level need to know that the EPA is not the first stop with respect to land use,” he asserted. “That’s the way things should be.”





   




   

Listen to Hays' interview with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about the status of the WOTUS rescission
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Corn and Soybean Crops Surprise, Remaining Shockingly Unchanged From Week Ago Conditions  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:33:27 CDT
  • Oklahoma's Conservation Community Working Together to Achieve Common Goals in the State  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:18:09 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 21, 2017  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:24:17 CDT
  • Monday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:21:02 CDT
  • Monday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:14:55 CDT
  • Recent Tactics Being Adopted by Animal Rights Activist Groups Becoming Alarming to Agri Industry  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:29:46 CDT
  • Derrell Peel Compares the Dynamic Meat Market Conditions of Both Wholesale and Retail Beef in '17  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:04:48 CDT
  • Wheat Industry Recognizes Areas to Improve NAFTA That Will Better Serve the Farmers and Buyers  Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:36:07 CDT

  • More Headlines...

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Livestock Exchange Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show Stillwater Milling American Farmers & Ranchers KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2017 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup

    WebReady powered by WireReady® NSI