Minnesota Organizations Send Letter Opposing EPAs Proposed Rule

Twenty-three Minnesota organizations sent a letter to Minnesota’s Congressional delegation opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) proposed rule which will significantly expand the definition of “waters of the U.S.”(WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.

The organizations are asking members of the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent the agencies’ over-reaching authority by passing H.R. 5078.

The letter stated that H.R. 5078 will prevent the EPA and Army Corps from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering or enforcing the proposed WOTUS rule. This legislation is imperative in protecting land owners, farmers and Minnesotans in their ability to perform normal land use activities without requiring permission and permits from a federal agency. The proposed rule inappropriately seeks to extend federal power and place more top-down regulatory burdens on all types of land use activities.

EPA is implying that only the federal government is capable of protecting small bodies of water which is not supported by science or facts. The unintended consequences of imposed, one-size-fits-all federal regulation often stifles conservation activities as well as the flexibility necessary to resolve site-specific circumstances.

Groups signing on the letter include: Builders Association of Minnesota, Central Minnesota Cattlemen’s Association, Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota, Cooperative Network, Douglas County Commissioners, Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota Corn Growers Association , Minnesota Crop Production Retailers, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Milk Producers Association, Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, Minnesota Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Rural Electric Association, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Southeast Minnesota Irrigators Association, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association, and Winona County Board of Commissioners.

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