The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works met on February 4th to discuss the EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.
The hearing lasted over four hours and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was interviewed by Congressmen and women concerning WOTUS regulation.
In her opening statement McCarthy re-emphasized that farmers conducting actions like plowing, tilling, planting, harvesting, building and maintaining roads, ponds ditches among others, can continue that after the new rule, without the need for approval from the federal government.
Over a hundred organizations came out against the proposal claiming it broadens jurisdiction. The EPA is still reviewing the over a million comments on its proposal and plans on having a final rule later this spring.