National Milk Endorses WOTUS Proposal
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) today endorsed the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed changes to the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, which was released back in February.
The new proposal provides clarity and certainty about which waterways fall under the WOTUS rule under the federal Clean Water Act, says Jim Mulhern, NMPF CEO and president.
WOTUS was initially drafted under the Obama Administration in 2015, but has been tied up in court proceeding ever since. Farmers objected to the rule because it claimed jurisdiction over streams and waterways that often flowed only during certain times of the year, and what constituted normal farming practices near wetlands. In fact, NMPF submitted 22 pages of comments on the regulation.
“Clean water is essential to milk production, and the dairy industry is very willing to work with EPA to protect U.S. waters,” Mulhern says. “While it has taken five years, we are grateful EPA has redrafted the WOTUS regulations.”