News

Nebraska Ag Groups Want EPA To Withdraw Proposed Rule

Nebraska Ag Groups Want EPA To Withdraw Proposed Rule

Photo: WNAX

Six Nebraska agricultural groups including the State Cattlemen’s Association is asking EPA to withdraw its Waters of the U.S. rule which is intended to clarify the Clean Water Act. Cattlemen’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs Kristen Hassebrook says the proposal is actually made up of two rules, the interpretive and the jurisdictional rules. She says EPA is violating the law by trying to expand their jurisdiction.
Hassebrook says earlier EPA and USDA agreed to exempt 56 conservation practices from Clean Water Act permits and put that into the interpretive rule. She says however most of those are common farming practices which are already exempt.
Hassebrook says public comments on the jurisdictional rule are due July 21 and the interpretive comments were due June 5 but that’s now been extended to July 7. Nebraska groups joining Cattlemen in asking for the rule withdrawal are the Farm Bureau, Pork Producers, Dairy, Soybean and Corn Associations.

Recent Headlines

in Local

University Partnership With Software Company Working

computer

University of South Dakota computer science students continue to benefit from a partnership with Eagle Creek Software in Vermillion.

in Local

Short Budgets Make Finding Teachers Hard

education 3

Finding teachers for South Dakota school districts will continue to be difficult due to budget shortages.

in Local

Teacher Shortage Studied

education 2

Members of the South Dakota Legislature’s Planning Committee heard about the problems school districts are having finding qualified teachers.

in Local

Health Insurance Premiums Expected To Increase

money 100

An official with the Nebraska Health Care Alliance estimates when the federal health care law fully goes into effect in several months, requiring all policies to be compliant, the expense will be staggering.

in Local

Shortage Of Lawyers In Rural Nebraska

law books

Too many rural Nebraska counties have no practicing lawyers.