Minnesota Farm Bureau Presses for Legislative Action on EPA Proposed Rule

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is asking Minnesotans to contact their member of the House of Representatives, seeking a YES vote on H.R. 5078. This legislation aims to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ditch their proposed rule regarding an expanded classification of Waters of the United States.

“The EPA is proposing to exceed the Clean Water Act to include all waters of the United States, instead of “navigable” waters. The EPA is over-reaching its authority with this proposal to manage all waters on a federal level,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “This latest rule broadly expands federal jurisdiction and threatens local land-use and zoning authority.”

“When members of Congress return to Washington D.C., the House of Representatives are expected to vote on H.R. 5078 The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from moving forward with the proposed rule to significantly expand the definition of ‘waters of the United States’ under the Clean Water Act,” said Paap. “This is different from, and equally important, as commenting to the EPA.”

“With the bill expected to come up for a vote in the House as soon as Tuesday, September 8, we need to act now to tell our Representatives to vote YES on this legislation. H.R. 5078 will prohibit EPA and the Corps from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering or enforcing the proposed rule,” said Paap. “The bill would also require the EPA and the Corps to engage in consultation with the states and local governments as the proposed rule as written is taking away local control of water.”

“H.R. 5078 seeks to prohibit a rule that will prevent farmers and land owners from practicing normal farming activities, ordinary land use projects and even conservation efforts,” said Paap.

For more information on what the proposed rule will do, visit ditchtherule.fb.org.

Use the Minnesota Farm Bureau Action Alert Center to send a message directly to your member of Congress at fbmn.org/pages/voter-voice.