(Posted Mon. May 11th, 2015)
The National Corn Growers Association today urged Congress to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and to collaborate closely with states and other stakeholders to develop a new rule.
The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 1732), which was introduced by Rep. Bill Schuster (R-PA) and has 70 cosponsors, is scheduled for a vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
In a letter to Congress, NCGA President Chip Bowling noted that farmers support the Clean Water Act’s goal of protecting water quality, but that they need more clarity and certainty about their responsibilities under the law.
“Farmers have a responsibility to protect our nation’s water supply. As an organization, NCGA has long advocated for federal policies that are clear, consistent, and fair to the farming community,” said Bowling.
In the letter, Bowling notes NCGA has “serious concerns” that the proposed rule redefines WOTUS, and calls for a new rule to be developed in collaboration with state and federal agencies, farmers, and other affected parties.
“We believe it is necessary that the agencies re-propose the rule and allow for comment from those within the regulated community such as NCGA. By requiring EPA and the Corps to withdraw the proposed rule, H.R. 1732 appropriately initiates a process that will further protect our nation's environmental assets, assure our ability to engage in robust economic activity, and earn broad support from state and local officials and the regulated community.”