The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Public Lands Council filed comments on the Waters of the U.S. proposal, calling for its immediate withdrawal.
The proposed rule expands the jurisdiction of the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers and attempts to regulate all land uses, the groups said.
"The agencies' proposal jeopardizes private property rights and violates Supreme Court precedent by subjecting nearly all waters to regulation," said NCBA Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald. "Through the use of broad and ambiguous language, the proposal is a limitless expansion of authority that cannot be supported by the Clean Water Act or the U.S. Constitution."
NCBA and PLC said the agencies must start over with a transparent and inclusive process with more stakeholder involvement.
"The proposed rule places no limit on the federal government's authority over water, violating the Clean Water Act as articulated by the Supreme Court, and will eviscerate over a century of settled water law in much of the country," said Dustin Van Liew, Public Lands Council executive director. "Contrary to the agencies' claims, the exclusions and exemptions in the proposal are unclear and provide the livestock industry no certainty."
McDonald added, "Through this process, cattlemen and women have learned one thing; the only thing that is completely unregulated is the arrogance of the EPA."
Comment on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule will close Nov. 14. Comments can be submitted via the Federal Register.
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