(Posted Sat. Nov 15th, 2014)
The National Corn Growers Association today submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in response to the proposed rule by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to define "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.
"We appreciate efforts to bring greater clarity and certainty to the understanding of what are waters of the U.S. Unfortunately, this proposed rule provides neither," said NCGA President Chip Bowling.
"This rule will adversely impact more than 300,000 corn farmers. As it is currently written, the financial and practical consequences for farmers are unacceptable," said Bowling.
Bowling emphasized that NCGA has and will continue to work with the EPA to create a fair and workable rule. In October, Bowling hosted nearly a dozen EPA staffers at his southern Maryland farm, part of a series of meetings between NCGA and the Agency on WOTUS.
"Farmers are proud of their conservation efforts and are committed to protecting and restoring water quality," said Bowling. "We have and will continue to work with federal and state agencies and other organizations that care about water quality."
For the full comments as submitted, click here.