After loud outcry from the agriculture industry, the Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period on clean water rules.
This extension is a victory for farming families – according to American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman – and a clear signal that America’s farmers know how to stand up and be counted. Stallman says EPA has misled the regulated community about the rule’s impact on land use – and more people would be outraged if they knew how regulators want to require permits for common activities on dry land. He says this latest rule broadly expands federal jurisdiction and threatens local land-use and zoning authority. The comment period is now extended to October 20th for the Waters of the U.S. rule and July 7th for the accompanying interpretive rule.