EPA Extends Water Rule Comment Period

Stream - PAThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the comment period for its proposed Clean Water Act rule until October 20, 2014.

Opposed by Ag interests

The proposal was vigorously opposed by some agricultural interests such as the PA Farm Bureau. The issue deals with whether or not a new EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ definition of waters regulated by the Federal Government will impact most farmers.

Farm Bureau Asks Rule to Be Withdrawn

PA Farm Bureau asked that the proposed rule be withdrawn because it would allow “the agencies to regulate land activities around small creeks, streams and even ditches that only hold water during heavy rain events”. An EPA link provides an avenue for someone seeking to submit public comment. http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm