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CWA Rule Questioned
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Wed Mar 26, 2014 03:01 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Some current farming practices were not exempted from a proposed new Clean Water Act rule, but EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told a Senate committee Wednesday that doesn't mean permits will be needed for those practices.

As part of an EPA announcement on the new CWA rule Tuesday, the agency also announced a so-called interpretative rule that would exempt many conservation practices defined by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service from having to get clean water permits.

An interpretative rule is developed by administrative agencies when Congress finds areas in statutes where it is impractical for lawmakers to apply ...

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