Ohio Farm Bureau asked all Ohio members of the U.S. House of Representatives this week to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The rule was “created under the auspice of providing certainty but instead has left many farmers confused and worried about increased regulatory liability,” wrote OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher in the letter.
The rule, recently renamed the Clean Water Rule, would increase federal authority over intrastate waters. Farm Bureau maintains that the rule is written so broadly that it would expand federal authority beyond the limits approved by Congress. The proposed rule has generated more than 1 million public comments, and many members of Congress and organizations have called for the rule to be withdrawn. “Flawed in both substance and process,” is how American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman describes the proposed rule, which is expected to be finalized soon.
Fisher wrote that providing the U.S. EPA with unlimited authority to regulate at its discretion is “counter to the established and effective regulatory structure already utilized in our state.”
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