June 29, 2017
The Alabama Farmers Federation is praising Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent proposal to rescind the controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
The proposal will revert standards to those used before 2015 WOTUS regulations went into effect. The Federation’s National Legislative Programs Director Mitt Walker said farmers nationwide will benefit from repealing and replacing the unlawful rule.
“Repealing WOTUS is a vital step in reducing federal regulatory interference so farmers can continue to work hard, protect their natural resources and provide food and fiber for the world,” Walker said.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall also applauded Pruitt’s proposal.
“This rule was never really about clean water,” Duvall said. “It was a federal land grab designed to put a straitjacket on farming and private businesses across this nation. Today’s announcement shows EPA Administrator Pruitt recognizes the WOTUS rule for what it is — an illegal and dangerous mistake that needs to be corrected.”
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in February requiring the EPA to review the rule.
The Alabama Farmers Federation is the state’s largest farm organization with 360,000 members.