WOTUS Comment Extension Sought
Ag Groups Tell EPA to Leave Trump Water Rule in Place
By Todd Neeley, DTN/Progressive Farmer
LINCOLN, Neb. (DTN) -- Agricultural interests want EPA to leave the Trump water rule in place and many have asked the agency for an extension of a public-comment period that ended Aug. 31 ahead of a rewrite of the rule.
While a number of agriculture groups provided detailed comments about their positions on a new rule, many ag interests told the agency a 30-day comment period was inadequate to address myriad issues.
EPA told DTN on Tuesday it was reviewing the requests for an extension of time and "will share an update when available."
Requests for more time came from the Agricultural Retailers Association, some members of Congress, New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Michigan Farm Bureau, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Farmers Federation, California Farm Bureau and the Fertilizer Institute, among others.
A federal court in Arizona recently vacated the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, "ARA (Agricultural Retailers Association) believes the current 30-day comment period is woefully inadequate for all interested stakeholders to provide the type of in-depth input the agency needs," the group said in an Aug. 17 letter to EPA...
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