NCGA Joins Legal Battle Over Chesapeake Bay

Kelly MarshallAg Group, EPA, NCGA

NCGA-Logo-3Today the National Corn Growers Association has joined with several other agricultural and builder groups against the EPA’s actions in the Chesapeake Bay area.  The coalition is petitioning the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling about the EPA’s management of the land under the Clean Water Act.  NCGA and the other groups feel that ruling has national implications related to the amount of control the federal government may exert.

“The EPA has consistently pushed the legal limits of the Clean Water Act, with the Chesapeake Bay blueprint and the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule being two of the most recent examples,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, who farms on the Chesapeake Bay watershed in southern Maryland.

“When Congress passed the Clean Water Act, their intention was to create balanced, practical policies to protect America’s water resources. In both of these cases, the EPA’s actions represent an unlawful expansion of their authority. That’s why we joined this petition on the Chesapeake Bay blueprint, and we are party to a lawsuit challenging the WOTUS rule,” said Bowling.

“We support the goals of the Clean Water Act, and we remain committed to working with the EPA and other stakeholders to protect our water resources.”

Groups joining the NCGA are: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Association of Home Builders, National Chicken Council, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, The Fertilizer Institute, and U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.

You can view the petition in it’s entirety here.