GREELEY, Colo. — Colorado Corn CEO Mark Sponsler, Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) President Mike Lefever and Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) President Dave Eckhardt last week submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, regarding the EPA’s proposal to rescind the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.
The Trump Administration this summer proposed to rescind the WOTUS rule, and with its rescind, a new rule-making would take place in the upcoming months.
The WOTUS rule has been a source of friction in recent years. The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had worked on the WOTUS rule in an attempt to make things clearer regarding responsibilities and permitting under the Clean Water Act. But as was noted in the comments submitted by Mark, Mike and Dave, the WOTUS rule doesn’t provide clarity and is widely viewed as an expansion of the EPA’s jurisdiction.
The CCGA and CCAC leaders also stressed in their comments last week that WOTUS creates regulatory burdens for farmers and others; increases operating costs for producers; and with its confusion creates additional uncertainty in what are already economically challenging times for many in agriculture.
— Colorado Corn
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