FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Interpretive Rule Seen as Invalid
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:21 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Fifteen state attorneys general have asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to withdraw a rule that even agency officials have said created confusion in the agriculture community.

The so-called interpretive rule identified 56 conservation practices that are exempt from Clean Water Act regulations, so long as they meet Natural Resources Conservation Service specifications. Many agriculture interest groups and farmers have expressed concern that the interpretive rule would turn the NRCS into an enforcer of the Clean Water Act (CWA).

In a letter to McCarthy last month, the attorneys general asked EPA to withdraw the interpretive rule and instead ...

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