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·         WOTUS replacement blocked by Colorado judge

·         AFBF Welcomes Navigable Waters Protection Rule



WOTUS replacement blocked by Colorado judge


By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield 

June 24, 2020


The Trump Administration’s replacement to the controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule is facing some controversy of its own.


Don Parrish with American Farm Bureau says while many accused WOTUS of going too far, there are attorneys general in several states who say the Navigable Waters Protection Rule doesn’t go far enough.


“And primarily Democratic attorneys general, that are arguing to the court that the Clean Water Act requires the federal government to regulate to the fullest extent, the Constitution, whatever Congress intended with the term “navigable,” they basically say that it requires that.”


Farm Bureau supports the new Clean Water Rule that went into effect Monday after a judge in the 9th Circuit Court denied a motion to block implementation.


“It looked at everything the Trump Administration did under the direction of (EPA Administrator) Andrew Wheeler and David Ross of the Office of Water, and basically this particular judge came to the conclusion that this Administration has dotted every I and crossed every T.”          


However, Parrish tells Brownfield another federal judge did grant a preliminary injunction, freezing the rule only for the state of Colorado.


He says that means...


more, including audio [7:11 min.]



AFBF Welcomes Navigable Waters Protection Rule


By Andy Eubank, Hoosier Ag Today

Jun 24, 2020


While the waters of the U.S. rule is out, the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection rule is now in, going into effect this week. It can go into effect after a judge in California denied a request to block the rule. Don Parrish, American Farm Bureau Federation Regulatory Affairs Senior Director, says the new rule is good for agriculture.


“This is the first time ever where we have struggled with what is required in the Clean Water Act,” he said. “Everything we have litigated thus far is about an overreach. This is going to be interesting make up. But the good news, the Navigable Waters Protection Rule is going into effect in every state and every territory except Colorado. That is a really good development for farmers and ranchers.”


The next phase is implementation, and Parrish says Farm Bureau has some work to do on that.


“Implementation is where the rubber meets the road. We’re going to have to partner with this administration to ensure that the transparency and the clarity that the agencies wanted when they developed this rule, we want to make sure that we partner with them so that vision is realized. That means that we still have work to do.”


It’s always good to know exactly what challenges are in front of us, and unlike the weather, Parrish says the new rule provides farmers some clarity...


more, including audio [1:45 min.]