So far, a mixed reaction from the ag community to the EPA’s proposed Clean Water Act rule.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls it an “ag-friendly announcement”. NFU says the rule maintains agricultural exemptions, adds new exemptions and encourages enrollment in USDA conservation programs. Best of all, NFU says, the EPA rule will provide certainty surrounding Clean Water Act requirements for agriculture in the wake of complicating Supreme Court decisions.
But a much different reaction from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). NCBA calls the EPA proposal to put more small streams, waterways and wetlands under Clean Water Act protection “a vast overreach”. NCBA president Bob McCan says the proposal will require cattlemen to obtain “costly and burdensome permits to take care of everyday chores like moving cattle across a wet pasture or cleaning out a dugout.”
The proposal will be open for public comment for 90 days.