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States Oppose WOTUS

"Burlington, VT, September 12, 2014 – At the Annual Meeting of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), NASDA Members unanimously called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule. The action item, submitted by North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring, also urges the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate with state departments of agriculture and other stakeholders on the appropriate scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

“As it stands, this proposed rule dramatically expands EPA’s jurisdiction and creates too much uncertainty for our farmers and ranchers. This rule must be withdrawn,” said NASDA CEO Dr. Barbara Glenn. “It is critical that the agencies engage state regulators and stakeholders to work together to find a path forward before the agencies move towards implementation or further rulemaking.”

NASDA previously submitted comments expressing concerns about the highly controversial Interpretive Rule for Agricultural Conservation Practices."

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Honored Advisor

Re: States Oppose WOTUS

I forget sometimes that there are waters of the state, and WOTUS. Example...wind turbines in the Albemarle Sound would be is waters of NC, not the US. Changes regulatory and permitting tremendously.

The last thing farmers want to have to deal with is a federal agency on water quality oversight.
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Esteemed Advisor

Re: States Oppose WOTUS

I can see why North Dakota has submited a stance due to either the flooding issues downstream or the lack of water - they have been accused of the causing of both and have been put in a no win situation with the Missouri River much less quality issues ---     

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