New EPA Rule Reduces Overly Burdensome and Costly Regulations on Family Farms

The American Dairy Coalition Applauds the EnvironmentalProtection Agency (EPA) for releasing a new Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. 

This new rule redefines the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act more narrowly than when this rule was issued by the Obama administration in 2015. Under the new law,only major rivers, primary tributaries and wetlands along their banks would fall under the category of “navigable.” According to President Trump, the new rule would allow the states, who are better able to set rules to protect their own waterways from pollution based upon the specific circumstances of their geography, to regain the power to determine their own laws.  

As a dairy association that represents dairy farmers from across the United States, the American Dairy Coalition greatly appreciated the hard work of the EPA and the scientific research the agency has reviewed and considered when developing this new WOTU Srule. The previous rule was mandated under the pretense of environmental protection, but the reality was another onerous, costly additional regulation placed on dairy farmers who are already struggling to stay in business due to the last four years of low milk prices and tariff retaliations.     

This new rule is very important for dairy farmers and other industries that strongly opposed the Obama administration’s efforts to codify protections for head water streams and wetlands three years ago. “It’s too bad some farmers have already spent millions of dollars fighting the federal government because of the Obama Administration rule. Farmers are true environmentalists and want to protect our natural resources for future generations, but when the federal government ignores input from stakeholders during the rule-making process, it clearly displays the intent of the rule was political and not meant to improve the environment.” said Laurie Fischer, CEO of the American Dairy Coalition.

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