Waters of the United States and the Clean Water Act
As with all proposed rules there is a comment period. For this rule, the comment period ends July 21, 2014. Comments may be submitted, "identified by Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–
OW–2011–0880 by one of the following methods:
- "Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
- "Email: email@example.com. Include EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880 in the subject line of the message.
- "Mail: Send the original and three copies of your comments to: Water Docket, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention: Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880.
- "Hand Delivery/Courier: Deliver your comments to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, Attention Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2011–0880. Such deliveries are accepted only during the Docket's normal hours of operation, which are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. The telephone number for the Water Docket is 202–566–2426."
Additional instructions for submitting comments can be found in the proposed rule using the link provided in this article.
Comments by leaders of agricultural organizations have been swift and contrasting.
In an article titled, "Farm Bureau pledges to fight EPA's water rule," Timothy Cana writes, "The American Farm Bureau Federation has promised to fight the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through multiple avenues on its proposed new definition of which bodies of water are under its jurisdiction, saying the rule could 'impose unworkable regulations on the nation's farms.'
'Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman called EPA's proposed rule, known as Waters of the United States, 'the biggest federal land grab — in terms of power over land use — that we've seen to date….'
"But Republicans and business groups immediately slammed the proposal, saying that it drastically increases the amount of water and land under EPA's authority. Land that has water flowing through it one day per year, for example, could be subject to EPA's authority, the Farm Bureau said.
"'Can you imagine the level of uncertainty that creates for farmers and ranchers,' Stallman asked. 'And the issue that somehow we're all protected by these exemptions? They actually make the situation worse that it is today.'
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