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Know the facts about EPA's Clean Water Act Proposal

Posted: 7/14/2014 | Views: 8413

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. EPA and the Corps are bringing clarity and consistency to the process.

The proposal:

  • DOES NOT regulate new types of ditches
  • DOES NOT regulate activities on land
  • DOES NOT apply to groundwater 
  • DOES NOT change the exemption for stock ponds
  • DOES NOT require permits for normal farming activities, like moving cattle
  • DOES NOT regulate puddles

To address misconceptions about the rule, EPA is providing the facts on how the proposed rule cuts through red tape to make normal farming practices easier while also ensuring that waters are clean for human health, communities, and the economy. Read the facts about the proposal here.

Read EPA Administrator McCarthy's recent remarks to the Kansas City Agribusiness Council here.

Source: EPA

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