Economist Shows Errors With EPA Proposed Water Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency recently sent a draft rule to the Office of Management and Budget to clarify the definition of waters of the U.S. and its jurisdiction over them. Agriculture groups in the Waters Advocacy Coalition - including the American Farm Bureau Federation - met with the OMB yesterday to argue against EPA's proposed rule - according to Agri-Pulse.

The proposed rule is based on a report EPA released in September on connected waters - which describes factors influencing water connectivity and how connected waters affect downstream waters.

WAC Consultant and Economist David Sunding says the EPA is underestimating the acreage that would come under its jurisdiction and the costs to developers and ag interests - while also overstating benefits.

Sunding says the EPA's estimate that the revised definition would add 12-hundred acres to its jurisdiction each year is implausibly low because EPA used a limited sampling database for its report. Bottom line - he says the report isn't something anyone should rely on when rulemaking.

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