Faso Statement on Reversal of WOTUS Rule

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Washington, D.C., June 29, 2017 | comments
“The rule proposed by the Obama administration, while well-intentioned, created confusion and controversy among landowners and farmers throughout the nation and in Upstate New York. Farmers should not have to go to the federal Corps of Engineers or EPA to seek permits to use long-established drainage ditches on their property. It is time for the EPA to go back to the drawing board and craft a rule which doesn’t unduly burden our agricultural businesses and make sure they involve all stakeholders in the regulatory process.”
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Washington, D.C. - Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) today released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s decision to repeal the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule ushered in under the Obama administration.

“The rule proposed by the Obama administration, while well-intentioned, created confusion and controversy among landowners and farmers throughout the nation and in Upstate New York. Farmers should not have to go to the federal Corps of Engineers or EPA to seek permits to use long-established drainage ditches on their property. It is time for the EPA to go back to the drawing board and craft a rule which doesn’t unduly burden our agricultural businesses and make sure they involve all stakeholders in the regulatory process.”

WOTUS was a regulation which went into effect in 2015 in an attempt to clarify which bodies of water fall under the jurisdiction of the EPA and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. If left in place, the rule would have federal officials regulating long-established water uses on farms, and would have subjected landowners to an expensive and duplicative regulatory process. This rule was also strongly opposed by national, state, and local farm organizations.
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