DITCH THE RULE
Private Property Rights at Risk
On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published a proposed rule that will greatly expand federal regulatory authority to include virtually all water in the country. Private property rights are at risk.
This proposed rule is an effort by EPA and the Corps to go around the will of Congress and ignore Supreme Court decisions that have limited federal authority. If this rule is finalized, essentially any area where any water flows at any time - even if just for a brief period - will be subject to federal regulation.
For years, Farm Bureau has successfully blocked legislation that would remove the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act. However, this rule will undo that success. This rule has been proposed by two federal agencies with no accountability to the citizens they intend to regulate. Farm Bureau opposes this rule and urges that it be withdrawn.
WE NEED EVERYONE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS TO EPA
Please take a moment to send a message to EPA, letting them know that this rule is unacceptable. Explain the harmful impacts of the rule, and how it would affect you as a landowner.
EPA is accepting comments on this proposed rule now, and the deadline to submit those comments is October 20, 2014.
Click on the image to the right, and tell the EPA to Ditch The Rule!
POINTS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR COMMENTS
This rule will expand federal regulatory authority
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), “Proposed changes would increase the asserted scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction…”
This rule is against the will of Congress
Several legislative bills have been introduced to strike the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act, and Congress chose not to act.
This rule ignores the Supreme Court
The Court has upheld limits to federal water jurisdiction in previous decisions.
This rule infringes on private property rights
It will empower EPA and the Corps to regulate activities in and around virtually all water. This authority will restrict the rights of landowners to use their property.
This rule needs to be withdrawn
To read more about Georgia Farm Bureau's stance on this proposed rule, see this article from the Spring 2014 Issue of our Georgia Neighbors magazine.
To read the proposed rule, please click here.
American Farm Bureau has created this Waters Of The U.S. Toolkit, which provides background on the proposed rule and how things reached this point. For further information, visit American Farm Bureau's Ditch The Rule website.