We have a couple updates regarding the EPA’s proposed water rule that would vastly expand the definition of water under the Clean Water Act. In an email update earlier today, American Farm Bureau Federation noted a few positive developments in the #DitchTheRule campaign.
First and foremost, AFBF has responded to each claim that the EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner made with her blog. Let’s just say that Nancy wasn’t exactly telling us the whole truth about the proposed rule…. You can read her claims, along with AFBF’s responses, by clicking here.
The next bit of news comes out of the House of Representatives. The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee passed H.R. 5078 – Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014. The best part – it was passed by a unanimous voice vote. It isn’t a long piece of legislation (they don’t read that kinda stuff anyway…), but as you can probably tell from the name, it directs the EPA to ditch the rule and encourages working with state governments for regulatory control. There are currently 43 co-sponsors of the bill in the House. You can click here to check out if your Congressman is on the list.
Over on the Senate side, there is a very similar piece of legislation – S.2496 – Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014 — which would do the exact same thing. A bunch of Senators have also cosponsored this bill, and you can click here to see that list.
If you have not made comments to the EPA yet in opposition to the proposed rule, make sure you go HERE and do so now. And don’t worry, our friends at AFBF offer some nice guidance on how to address your comments.