Farm Groups Fuming Over New EPA Rule
Farm and livestock groups warned new regulations could infringe on land rights and impose higher costs
Farm and livestock groups on Wednesday warned that the Obama administration's new regulation to curb pollution in small waterways and wetlands could infringe on their land rights and saddle them with higher costs — concerns that White House officials said were unfounded.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the rule is needed after a pair of Supreme Court rulings had called into question the reach of the 1972 Clean Water Act on small streams, tributaries and wetlands.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the rule will place under federal oversight waterways that have a "direct and significant" connection to rivers, lakes and other bodies that are already protected downstream.
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