The American Farm Bureau Federation in letters sent to Senators this week urged withdrawal of the U.S. EPA's proposed Waters of the U.S. rule based on AFBF and Small Business Administration Review.
The rule addresses the definition of waters of the United States, which is used to determine what waters fall under the jurisdiction Clean Water Act and U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction.
According to the AFBF, the rule should be withdrawn to "restore the integrity of the rulemaking process."
The Farm Bureau cites an Oct. 1 letter sent by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy to the EPA, which also calls on the EPA and the Corps of Engineers to withdraw the WOTUS rule.
In the SBA document, agency officials say the proposed rule was "certified in error" and that the EPA and the Corps used the wrong baseline for its Regulatory Flexibility Act certification.
The RFA requires federal agencies to consider the impact of their proposed rules on small businesses.
According to SBA, the proposed rule will have a "direct and potentially costly impact on small businesses."
Farm Bureau in its letter to the Senators dated Oct. 6, said the SBA validates concerns about the rule, and "now is the time for all senators to join the bipartisan effort to have this rule withdrawn."
The pushback follows a long line of reviews and complaints to the EPA from lawmakers and farm groups alike, though there are entities that support the proposal.
According to a statement from seven state Attorneys General and the Washington, D.C., Attorney General, the revisions have scientific footing that demonstrate connectivity of waters via tributaries and wetlands, and it stands to addresses the current confusion and disagreements in the courts regarding the application of the Clean Water Act.
After being extended to October earlier this year, the public comment period on the Waters of the U.S. proposal this week as extended again to Nov. 14.