The National Corn Growers Association is urging Congress to support a bill to require the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. They are further requesting that the groups collaborate closely with states and other stakeholders in the process of developing a new rule.
In a letter to Congress, NCGA President Chip Bowling noted that farmers support the Clean Water Act’s goal of protecting water quality, but that they need more clarity and certainty about their responsibilities under the law.
“Farmers have a responsibility to protect our nation’s water supply. As an organization, NCGA has long advocated for federal policies that are clear, consistent, and fair to the farming community,” said Bowling.
“We believe it is necessary that the agencies re-propose the rule and allow for comment from those within the regulated community such as NCGA. By requiring EPA and the Corps to withdraw the proposed rule, H.R. 1732 appropriately initiates a process that will further protect our nation’s environmental assets, assure our ability to engage in robust economic activity, and earn broad support from state and local officials and the regulated community.”