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Information about EPA proposed rule re: water polution

One of our PDI lobbyists Craig Patterson met recently with Tim Whipple of IEDA, Nicole Crain with ABI, John Stineman with the Iowa Chamber Alliance, and Dustin Miller with the Iowa League of Cities to discuss the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts via rule to redefine the federal government’s jurisdiction over water pollution.  

Some say this proposed rule goes way too far. We are passing along some information to you for your review so you can familiarize yourself with the rule. Below you will see a few links with information, and attached you will find a 2-page document that was put together to summarize what it going on with the rule, along with a QandA received from the EPA (which is obviously going to be the EPA’s side of the argument). 

The Governor is asking the different state departments to coordinate together on comments that they can submit to the EPA about the rule. The biggest question mark for the economic development community is the concern that the new rule will greatly expand which development projects require a US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) permit. It is unclear though how to interpret this. On the extreme end, some people that read this are going to say that a puddle in a parking lot can be designated a “Water of the US” that needs a USACE permit.  

The IEDA has told PDI that it would be very helpful to them if PDI members were able to review some of this information and pass along your thoughts about any specific projects in your area that did not require a USACE permit that you believe would require one under the new EPA rule, that information would be valuable to the cause. If you have projects that fall into this category, please send the details along to Craig@IAlobby.com, wpantini@unioncountyiowa.com, bwillett@cultivationcorridor.org and SDust@cedarvalleyalliance.com on or before July 23rd. 

 

Attachments:

Waters of the US Summary Page 1

Waters of the US Summary Page 2

Q and A from EPA about Waters of the US

 

Resource Links:

- The National Association of Counties’ (NACO) analysis can be found at http://www.naco.org/legislation/Documents/Waters-of-the-US-County-Analysis.pdf

- http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapanos_v._United_States

- http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/agriculture/2014/06/28/epa-water-proposal-agriculture-industry/11584737/

- http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/208684-house-spending-bill-targets-epas-water-jurisdiction-rule

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