Take Action Now to Kill the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule - August 3
Act NOW to Kill WOTUS
The comment period for the EPA's proposal to withdraw the 2015 WOTUS rule has been extended. The deadline for comments is September 27, so please comment now!
Step 1 - Go to: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0203-0001
Step 2- Copy and paste (or modify) the following sample comments:
I am writing to support the proposal to repeal the 2015 "Waters of the U.S." rule.
As a cattle producer, I strongly support this effort. Water is important to me and my family farming operation. I am glad that you recognize the flaws of the current WOTUS rule. It is overly broad and creates heavy burdens and costs, legal risk and tremendous uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and others, like me, who depend on the land. Under the 2015 rule, farmers, ranchers and other landowners across the country face new roadblocks to ordinary land-use activities.
I applaud EPA for taking this important first step toward developing a new definition of waters of the United States that will protect water quality while also promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty, and respecting the proper roles of Congress and the states under the Constitution.
The WOTUS rule has never been implemented because it was stayed by both a federal district court and a federal court of appeals due to its flaws and violations. Challengers raised numerous substantive and procedural defects in the rule, including that the rule exceeds EPA's statutory authority, imposes burdensome regulatory uncertainty, was finalized in violation of mandatory procedural requirements designed to ensure a well-informed result, and is otherwise unlawful. In all, the rule was challenged in multiple courts by all sides (31 states and 53 non-state parties, including environmental groups, state and local governments, farmers, landowners, developers, businesses, and recreation groups).
The EPA should move forward and ditch this rule once and for all, then go back to the drawing board and write a new rule that protects water quality without trampling the rights of landowners, businesses, and the states.
[Add your name here.]
Ohio Cattlemen's Association
CAUV Call to Action - June 14, 2017
Act NOW to protect CAUV!
CAUV reform has remained in the Ohio Senate's latest version of the state budget bill and now is the time for Cattlemen to push this reform forward. Please contact your state senator by June 20 and tell them:
- Thank you for your leadership and for recognizing the importance of CAUV
- I need you to support CAUV reform in the budget bill.
The budget process will continue through June 30, including further consideration by the Ohio House and Senate and finally to the Governor for signature.
Make no mistake, ongoing efforts have helped to make this budget language possible. It is critical for your senators to know they have the support of their constituents as organizations such as the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and the Ohio County Auditor's Association are working to oppose these CAUV reforms in the budget.
In response to CAUV reform efforts, the Ohio Senate has maintained the following CAUV language:
- Places year-round conservation lands at the minimum value.
- Changes the equity rate in the formula to be connected to the USDA farm equity rate, and does not allow it to fall below the debt interest rate.
In addition, the Senate language takes effect as counties are re-evaluated so that all reforms will be complete within three years. The CAUV language in the budget can be found here. Once open, the CAUV sections are on pages 2911, 2916, and 2917.
Visit ohiocattle.org to find your elected officals and act now!
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