Entries by Shiloh Perry

REASON: How Obama’s EPA Nearly Bankrupted John Duarte’s Farm

One of Pruitt’s first targets is a controversial rule on water pollution put in place by the Obama administration that he deemed a “power grab” by environmental regulators. To better understand why property rights advocates applauded the move, consider the case of fourth-generation farmer John Duarte, who has fought a protracted and costly legal battle […]

INSIDE EPA: EPA Seeks Industries’ Views On Costs, ‘Certainty’ To Inform CWA Policy

EPA plans to ask representatives from major industrial sectors about key issues that will inform the agency’s upcoming Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule that is expected to significantly narrow the Obama-era CWA policy, including compliance costs and whether there is a lack of regulatory “clarity” on the law’s reach. The agency outlined its questions […]

HIGH PLAINS JOURNAL: EPA encourages producers to submit comments on WOTUS

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has released a video featuring Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt urging farmers and ranchers to submit official comments on the repeal and replacement of the waters of the U.S. rule. The agency’s deadline for comments has been extended to Sept. 27. On the video, Pruitt said his agency is […]

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: EPA holds fall meeting blitz on rolling back water rule

“EPA is committed to an open and transparent process for reviewing the definition of ‘waters of the United States,’” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The rule, sometimes called the “puddle” rule, expanded the definition of waterways to include small streams and even ditches, greatly increasing EPA’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act to cover private land […]

THE HILL: EPA to host 10 hearings on water rule rewrite

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning 10 public hearings to gather input on its effort to write a new version of an Obama-era water pollution rule. … Nine of the sessions will be dedicated to specific interests like agriculture, construction, conservation and energy, and one will be for the general public. The meetings are […]

WNAX: Nebraska Farm Bureau Sees WOTUS Repeal Comment Extension As Positive

The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period on their proposal to rescind the Waters of the U.S. rule. The original deadline was August 28 but now has been moved to September 27. Nebraska Farm Bureau National Affairs Coordinator Jordan Dux says that’s a positive decision. He says having the extension gives his […]

HOUSTON CHRONICLE: Babin extols progress, bemoans roadblocks

In other executive orders, he approved the Keystone Excel Pipeline and repealed Obama’s WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule. The rule written by the Environmental Protection Agency gave government unprecedented authority to regulate all bodies of water including ditches, holes and ruts in the fields. “If it holds water anytime during the year, they […]