Despite outcry from ag interest groups following the release of farmers’ personal information to environmental groups and others early in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last Monday the agency won’t try to keep permit details confidential under a proposal to require more data be sent to it electronically.
Plat maps of the area northwest of Willow Lake show nothing but farmland near the center of what is now another prairie pothole lake. The area was drier in the 1970s, and this spot on the Vandersnick’s land was a small marsh from which cattails could be baled for hay.
The pending Clean Water Act rule has him worried about the isolated, standing waters on his farm, which could conceivably be part of a significant nexus including larger bodies of water under the proposed rule.
The climate in their area is semi-arid, with annual precipitation of 16-17 inches. Their land falls on a web of small, ephemeral streams that flow only during heavy rains. Yet those streams would be deemed as waters of the U.S. under the new Clean Water Act rule proposed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of Enlist Duo herbicide and currently will limit its release to six states, the agency announced last Wednesday. An agency official said the herbicide likely would become more widely available in the coming years.
Members of EPA scientific advisory boards (SABs) have been asked not to talk to the press even though policy allows them to do so, a handful of science and journalism groups said in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and other agency officials.
As critics contend a proposed Clean Water Act rule will extend EPA’s authority over water in ditches and that the rule will be open to inconsistent enforcement, one agriculture industry representative told a House subcommittee last Tuesday that at least one EPA region already is looking closely at ditches as point-sources in need of CWA permits.
Midwest corn ethanol’s possible inroads into a potential 1.4-billion gallon California market suffered its biggest defeat yet when the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced last Monday it would not hear a case brought by the industry against the state’s lowcarbon fuel standard.
If U.S. ethanol and agriculture industry officials have been holding back at all on their frustrations about restricted market access to Europe and an oil industry full-court press to scale back the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), they let it all loose last Tuesday.