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EPA's Proposed Clean Water Act Rule Pleases Farmers Union

27 March 2014

US - The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) has proposed a rule regarding provisions of the Clean Water Act.

In response to the proposal, Chandler Goule, National Farmers Union (NFU) senior vice president of programmes, said: "NFU has long advocated for increased certainty surrounding Clean Water Act requirements for family farmers and ranchers in the wake of complicating Supreme Court decisions.

"Today’s draft rule clarifies Clean Water Act jurisdiction, maintains existing agricultural exemptions and adds new exemptions, and encourages enrollment in US Department of Agriculture conservation programmes.

"In addition, farmers and ranchers who are voluntarily enacting certain conservation practices on their farms will be exempt from Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting requirements.

"Today’s ag-friendly announcement clearly indicates that NFU and other agricultural stakeholders made their voices heard, and EPA took notice. I encourage EPA to continue to rebuild trust with the agricultural community by withdrawing its proposal to reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard targets."

You can read NFU’s 2013 comments on an initial draft of the proposed rule by clicking here.

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