BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Several state agriculture leaders say the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for the Clean Water Act is an overreach of federal authority and should be reconsidered.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and agriculture officials spoke on the proposed rule Tuesday morning in Bismarck.
Under the rule proposed by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, seasonal and rain-dependent streams — and wetlands near rivers and streams — would be covered by the Clean Water Act. Others would be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine if they play a significant role in the quality of downstream waters.
Goehring says the rule could hurt agriculture in the state and eventually lead to permits being required for basic farming practices, including weed control and pesticide application.