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The Environmental Protection Agency announced they will put forth a proposal to rescind the Obama-era “Waters of the U.S. Rule,” and will clarify what is the actual law of the land. Ethan Matthews is Director of Public Policy for the National Corn Growers Association and he says corn producers are very happy to hear this news…

 

 

Corn growers farm over 90 million acres in the country, which means they have a big role to play in the nation’s water quality. Matthews says they need some certainty over what they can and cannot do and what they need to get a permit for…

 

 

Matthews says the announcement came about because the administration in Washington D.C. is listening to farmer concerns and that’s a big change from recent years…

 

 

The next step for the administration is for the agency to develop its own rule on Clean Water Act jurisdiction. Matthews said the corn growers are looking for clarity of what’s jurisdictional and what’s not under the Clean Water Act…

 

 

He adds it’s important that the new rule doesn’t say “everything under the sun” falls under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.

 
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