Texas Farm Bureau president testifies on EPA overreach
A potential rule that significantly expands Clean Water Act jurisdiction could require farmers to obtain permits necessary to continue to operate. Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke expressed concern at a Feb. 5 hearing of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee that the Environmental Protection Agency is overreaching its authority and negatively affecting America’s farmers.
The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are likely to propose a rule that significantly expands the definition of waters the groups intend to regulate under the CWA. Through draft guidance and from a document leaked to the press, the agency implies that nearly all water is connected and EPA has authority to regulate it as the agency would “navigable” waters, according to Dierschke, a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s board of directors. (AFBF 2/5/14)