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

Two Dead in Northeast Nebraska Crash

police lights

Two people were killed in a head on accident in Cedar County Nebraska.

in Local

Petition Effort To Restore Death Penalty Completed

vote

A referendum petition drive far exceeded the number of signatures needed to keep the repeal of the death penalty from taking effect...and to force a vote on the issue.

in Local

Authorities Seek To Control Mussels

zebra mussel

Now that growing numbers of zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lewis & Clark Lake, the focus changes to slowing the spread of the invasive animal.

in Local

South Dakota Students Above Average

education 2

A.C.T. scores from last spring’s testing have been released by the South Dakota Department of Education, and the states students continue to score above the national average.

in Local

School Districts Seek Additonal Funding

College Money Student

A record number of Minnesota school districts -- 66 at last count -- are asking voters to increase property taxes this year so they can construct new buildings.