Indiana Corn Growers Statement on EPA Waters Rule
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 28, 2015) — Indiana Corn Growers Association President Herb Ringel, a farmer from Wabash, released this statement following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers release of a final rule under the Clean Water Act, previously known as Waters of the United States:
“We need time to study and fully understand the width and breadth of the new rule. The original Waters of the U.S. rule expanded the powers of the federal government to the roadside ditches and field puddles and ponds all over rural Indiana, even categorizing them as “navigable waters.” We will be sure the text and spirit of the final document match up to the broad promises the EPA made in the release of the rule.
In the meantime, our farmers fully support legislation passed by the House earlier this month, and a similar bill in the Senate, co-sponsored by Senator Joe Donnelly, which would force the EPA to withdraw and recraft the rule. We believe the process has been flawed from the start, and the EPA and Army Corps can get this right by starting over and engaging farmers from the beginning.”
To learn more about the Indiana Corn Growers Association or to become an ICGA member, visit www.incorn.org. You can also keep up with them on Twitter @IN_Corn.
This communication was NOT funded with Indiana corn checkoff dollars.