Trump Water Directive Cheered by Ranchers, Blasted by Environmentalists

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Today, President Trump signed an executive order instructing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its defense of the clean water rule in federal court. Bob Gibbs that he'd overturn a controversial Clean Water Act rule if he made it to the White House.

Pruitt also told the agricultural leaders that the federal government will no longer impose one-size-fits-all solutions on the states. Far from attacking clean water, today's decision begins the process of returning power to states, local communities, and property owners.

The Environmental Protection Agency under former President Barack Obama said the rule protected waters that are next to rivers and lakes and their tributaries "because science shows that they impact downstream waters".

Two years after its passage, the rule has never officially gone into effect thanks to a tangle of ongoing litigation and a stay issued by the 6 US Circuit Court of Appeals. "They're not federally mandated issues, I don't think, and each farm is different we have learned, and each approach to water quality can and should be different to economically and viably address those issues".

"I applaud President Trump for taking steps to undo this necessary, misguided overreach", Rounds said.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, which led the public opinion fight against the water rule, said it would have forced farmers to get expensive permits for common, day-to-day work like building fences, plowing fields, applying fertilizer and grazing cattle.

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Hadid explained how the cover relates to her own heritage and to the larger fashion community and conversation. While lots of people shared Bare's sentiments, the cover has received some backlash on social media.

As The New York Times points out, the order would have about the same weight as a phone call to EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.

National Pork Producers Council (NPPC): "America's pork producers are very pleased that the president ordered EPA and the Corps of Engineers to repeal or rewrite this ill-conceived, overbroad regulation", said NPPC President John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa.

The changes to the 1977 WOTUS rule attempted to clarify language of what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, which recognizes states as having primary responsibility for land and water within their boundaries.

In a statement, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, the lone Republican in the delegation, praised Trump's executive order.

The Trump administration is continuing to scrap Obama-era environmental regulations, and it's making Brown County farmers and ranchers take notice. "We all want clean water, but this regulation was just a big government land grab that would have allowed activists to micromanage all kinds of farming and business activities".

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