Oklahoma Ag Groups Praise EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for Pulling the Plug on WOTUSTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:08:51 CDT
Oklahoma agricultural groups are happy with word from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that his agency, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, is officially pulling the plug on WOTUS and will move toward a new clarification of the Clean Water Act.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule.
“After years of battling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers today applaud the agency’s decision to rescind the rule.
“Clean water is crucial to farmers and ranchers because our very livelihoods depend on it. The WOTUS rule had nothing to do with clean water, but instead was an enormous land grab that created great confusion for farmers and ranchers.
“Where the previous EPA blatantly ignored the concerns of farmers and ranchers, President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are now working to aid farmers and ranchers in producing high-quality and affordable food for the world.
“As Pruitt and his team at the EPA take the first steps in repealing this disastrous rule, we look forward to joining forces in creating common sense regulations to protect our water, our land, and our environment.”
Also offering a thumbs up was the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association- Michael Kelsey emailed us this statement:
“Oklahoma’s cattle farmers and ranchers welcome the announcement today by the EPA to withdraw the terrible private property land grab called Waters of the United States or WOTUS. It is wonderful to see EPA, led by Administrator Scott Pruitt, finally come back to recognize that the true stewards of the land with the most vested interest in the preservation of the water, land and air are those that live, work and depend upon it - farmers and ranchers.”
Also commenting on the move by EPA was the President of the American Farmers and Ranchers, Terry Detrick:
“We are encouraged by today’s action from the EPA to rescind the WOTUS rule. The EPA administrator’s comments demonstrate he clearly understands the problems this rule posed all over the country. AFR members will continue to be responsible stewards of our water resources and we look forward to working with state and federal officials on a new rule-making process.”
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