November 24, 2021


AFBF expresses disappointment with US EPA's proposed rule to replace Navigable Waters Protection Rule


The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) expressed disappointment with the United States' Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed rule to replace the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, said AFBF president Zippy Duvall on November 18.


He commented that the agency "is returning to an overly complicated interim water rule."


"Overreaching regulations create major permit backlogs for the federal government and result in long delays for farmers and ranchers who are working to keep America fed. We are particularly concerned EPA is bringing back the significant nexus test. This case-by-case test threatens to unfairly regulate large areas of private land miles from the nearest navigable water," Duvall added.


"It's troubling that EPA is putting a framework in place before completing the promised stakeholder engagement. (EPA) Administrator (Michael S.) Regan pledged to listen to the needs of farmers and ranchers and committed to a rule that is not overly burdensome. We urge him to stay true to his word."