The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will try to make sense of nearly 800,000 public comments in finalizing the Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) early in 2015. Ag groups and others opposed to the rule question whether EPA can make a serious effort to respond to concerns within six months after the public comment period closed in November.
Farmers and agriculture interest groups across the country have raised concerns about a seemingly growing number of lawsuits filed by environmental groups aimed at agriculture and other industries during the Obama administration beginning in 2008.
A number of technology developers have stepped up efforts in the past decade to commercialize seed and chemical combinations to overcome weed resistance, but farmers indicated in their answers to those conducting the survey that they’re unsure where the battle will lead.
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.