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AFBF, Senators Concerned with Possible Water Rule Roll Back

Dan Irrigation, Legislative, Water, WOTUS Act

The fight over the Biden EPA’s move to roll back the Trump EPA’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule that reversed WOTUS is heating up. At least 30 GOP farm-state senators are behind a bill to make permanent last year’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule that reversed Obama WOTUS and its wetlands permit requirements. The issue is a major concern for the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and their President Zippy Duval, who with state presidents met recently with EPA chief Michael Regan.

AFBF, Senators Concerned with Possible Water Rule Roll Back

“He said, pre-2015 ruling, there were some good things in the Clean Water Act, and he wants to evaluate what was good there, he wants to evaluate what was good in the 2015 ruling, and what might not have been good, and he wants to evaluate the current one.”

Duval said, “If they attempt to take ‘navigable’ out of there, it’s probably going to be a deal-breaker with us.”

Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst recently wrote USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on concerns agriculture has that the administration might roll back last year’s rule that replaced WOTUS.

(From the National Association of Farm Broadcasters)