EPA's Reach Saturates Water Rule Debate
Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Dec 5, 2013 12:25 PM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- Depending on whom you ask, the Clean Water Act guidance rule currently under review will either expand the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's reach into intermittent streams and other water bodies on farms and ranches, or it will narrow EPA's reach and lead to fewer water bodies being regulated.

Since the agency released the draft guidance proposal in 2011, EPA's own analysis concluded the guidance would bring more waters into the agency's jurisdiction -- including waters not considered to be navigable, such as intermittent streams.

Last week, however, Nancy Stoner, EPA acting assistant administrator for water, wrote in ...

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