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Statement on DeWine’s lawsuit about U.S. EPA ‘Waters of the United States’ rule

For Immediate Release

June 30, 2015

Editors: The following statement may be attributed to the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – “Ohio Farm Bureau commends the action of Attorney General Mike DeWine in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the ‘waters of the United States’ final rule. It is clear that states, not the federal government, have the lead for advancing water quality through the Clean Water Act. Yet, the rule would give new, expansive authority to the U.S. EPA over drains, ditches and even lands that only contain water when it rains – all under the premise of being ‘navigable waters.’ Attorney General DeWine is right in recognizing this action as a clear violation of states’ rights, and we applaud his request that the court vacate the rule and take action to ensure future rules are consistent with the federal Clean Water Act and the U.S. Constitution.”

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