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Friday, November 7,2014

Proposed Clean Water Act rule could affect entire farm

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Tiling farmland could face challenges under WOTUS

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Family looks for CWA clarification as ephemeral streams cover ranch

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, October 17,2014

Dow Enlist Duo approved

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, August 15,2014

Science transparency; groups question new EPA policy

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Attorneys general: interpretive rule called invalid

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The so-called interpretive rule identified 56 conservation practices that are exempt from Clean Water Act regulations, so long as they meet Natural Resources Conservation Service specifications.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Clean Water Act rule clarity sought

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

SCOTUS announcement is a setback for ethanol

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Confronting ethanol critics

by Todd Neeley - DTN
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.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Kansas leads 21 states in appealing ruling on "pollution diet"

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Twenty-one states have asked an appeals court to invalidate a previous federal court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to implement a so-called pollution diet to reduce nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay..

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