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Published June 11, 2014, 01:13 PM

EPA extends Clean Water Act comment period

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for its Clean Water Act to Oct. 20, after urging from the agriculture industry.

By: Agweek staff report,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period for its Clean Water Act to Oct. 20, after urging from the agriculture industry.

Many legislators have called the act over-reaching and farm groups say more time is needed for farmers to comment, as they’ve been busy in their fields this spring planting.

“The EPA is over-reaching its authority with this proposal to manage all waters on a federal level,” says Minnesota Farm Bureau president Kevin Paap. “This latest rule broadly expands federal jurisdiction and threatens local land-use and zoning authority.

“Most farms would not be exempt from this rule,” Paap adds. “While the EPA suggests that only 1,300 additional acres would be regulated, the American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that millions of acres would fall within the new definition. The EPA proposal is seeking to ignore what Congress and the Supreme Court have repeatedly prevented them from doing. We need to tell them that no means no.”

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