(Posted Fri. Sep 16th, 2016)
The National Corn Growers Association praised the U.S. Senate for passing S. 2848, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA 2016), and encouraged the House of Representatives leadership to make the bill a priority for the September legislative session.
“Inland waterways are a central part of our country’s transportation infrastructure, helping farmers and ranchers to get their products to market quickly and safely. The Water Resources Development Act is an important step forward in our efforts to maintain and modernize our inland waterways infrastructure,” said NCGA Production and Stewardship Action Team Chair Brent Hostetler, a farmer from Plain City, Ohio.
This bill provides only minor policy tweaks and is focused on clearing the backlog of projects at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Additionally, S. 2848 will provide relief from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations by exempting farms with up to 2,000 gallons of storage capacity and fully exempts animal feed.
“The National Corn Growers Association would like to thank Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and her staff on their efforts to modify costly EPA regulations that would negatively affect our farmers with their on-farm fuel storage.”
We are encouraged by the efforts in the Senate to get a bipartisan WRDA bill passed and encourage the House to do the same.