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Push-Back On USDA Wetland Rule Changes Poses Hurdle For EPA CWA Plan

February 08, 2019
Farm groups, environmentalists and state wildlife agencies are pushing back against a quietly-issued interim rule that expands the Agriculture Department's (USDA) designations of former wetlands as “prior converted cropland,” posing a hurdle for EPA's plan to align its Clean Water Act (CWA) exclusions for converted cropland with USDA's rule. Comments closed Feb. 5 on an interim final rule enacted Dec. 7 by USDA that aims to make it easier for farms to win recognition of former wetlands on their property...


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