The Environmental Protection Agency claims it is not broadening jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act in its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. The American Farm Bureau disagrees and says the proposed rule overreaches and will expand EPA’s jurisdiction.
EPA has completed an analysis of its proposed Waters of the U.S. rule that shows there would only be an additional 1,300 acres that would be regulated under the Clean Water Act. In sharp contrast, an analysis conducted by AFBF revealed “Just from the side of wetlands, the rule could potentially impact more than 106 million acres,” explained economist Veronica Nigh in Thursday’s Newsline. This could include cropland, pastureland, Conservation Reserve Program acreage, rangeland, forestland and other agricultural lands.