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EPA Wants to Regulate You- Your Action is Needed NOW!

Published Jun. 4, 2014 | Discuss this article on Facebook

EPA wants to regulate almost every wet spot on the ground. Take action NOW to stop this overreach!

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to expand its federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, bypassing Congress and ignoring U.S. Supreme Court rulings.The EPA has proposed expanding its regulatory authority by expanding the definition of “waters of the United States.” That means the EPA would be able to regulate small and remote waters, many of which are only seasonally wet or only wet after a heavy rain. The EPA says these small and remote waters could connect and possibly impact rivers downstream. If the proposed rule passes, there could be a wave of new regulations or outright prohibition on farming practices and other land uses.If you’re not already following Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) rules, the following practices could require a federal permit under the proposed rule:

  • Building a fence or mowing grass across a ditch
  • Applying fertilizer or pesticides to fields
  • Discing or pulling weeds
  • Clearing brush or pruning trees

As you can see, the EPA could micromanage everyday farming practices — some of which don’t have an actual effect on water quality.

Do YOUR part in telling the EPA to ditch the rule by:

Answering 3 quick questions and then telling us how the proposed rule will affect your operation. Ohio Farm Bureau will be using responses to create our comments to the EPA to make sure your voice is heard.  

Visit http://ditchtherule.fb.org/ for more information.

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