NBCA’s Mary-Thomas Hart Breaks Down Alphabet Regulations For Cattle Industry to Watch


Oklahoma Farm Report

16 Jul 2021


Across the U.S. there are several alphabet agencies and programs that impact agriculture.


One that has been around for quite some time is and currently finds itself in a bit of a mess is the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule- which under the Trump Administration morphed into the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, said Mary-Thomas Hart, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Deputy Environmental Counsel.


In April 2020, the Trump Administration finalized the Navigable Waters Protection Rule. NCBA along with other ag organizations went to work defending that rule in court, Hart said.


NCBA is currently involved in a number of federal court cases, she said, and there is a total of 15 federal legal cases considering the legality of the NWPR.


Those are all in different stages of litigation, but during President Biden’s first week in office he issued an executive order requiring all administrative agencies to consider many of the rules finalized during the Trump Administration, Hart said.


We recently saw a request from the Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency to remand litigation on the NWPR, Hart said, so the EPA requested to pull that rule back and reconsider it internally...


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