With the effective date of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule set for Aug. 28, just 60 days after it was finalized, National Pork Producers Council has joined the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Public Lands Council, the United Egg Producers and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to postpone implementation of the regulation. The WOTUS rule is supposed to clarify the agencies’ authority under the Clean Water Act over various waters. Currently, that jurisdiction – based on several U.S. Supreme Court decisions – includes “navigable” waters and waters with a significant hydrologic connection to navigable waters. The new regulation would broaden that to include, among other water bodies, upstream waters and intermittent and ephemeral streams such as the kind farmers use for drainage and irrigation.
Source: NAFB News Service