Farm Groups Ask Congress To Stop Water Rule

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Last week, an injunction filed by 13 states stopping the EPA's Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule was passed by a Federal Judge in North Dakota.
The injunction delays implementation for nine months while the courts review the lawsuit. However, the EPA says it will continue to implement WOTUS in the other states.
Dale Moore Executive Director with the American Farm Bureau says, "I can only say we're disappointed because The Court's ruling in this particular case seemed to point out a number of flaws in the rule as we, cattlemen and others not just in agriculture but other sectors have been pointing out for the past couple of years."
Moore says he's not surprised the EPA is pushing back, "This is also why we've been working very diligently over the August recess, our grassroots members talking to senators in particular urging them to support legislative efforts when they return in September and basically tell EPA pull this rule down."
The National Corn Growers also are calling on Congress for action. They think the injunction should apply to all 50 states and are asking the Senate to pass the Water Quality Protection Act, which forces the EPA to withdraw the rule and work on a rewrite.
The House passed similar legislation in May and President Obama threatened to veto it.
A total of 27 states have filed four different lawsuits against the rule. They say states rights are being violated. There's uncertainty on the state level because departments of agriculture have not received guidance documents from the EPA explaining the implementation process.


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