The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencyâ€™s (EPA) withdrawal of the Waters of the U.S. rule.
â€œWeâ€™re pleased to see the EPA today formally withdraw the Waters of the U.S. rule, which was proposed more than two years ago and was vehemently opposed by so many groups, including the Illinois Farm Bureau.
â€œAs written, the rule created confusion and regulatory liability for farmers and land owners, while providing both the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers unlimited authority to regulate at their discretion. It was really nothing but a land grab.Â Â
â€œWeâ€™re happy to say the withdrawal of this rule not only will lift a heavy regulatory burden off farmers, but also is a welcome announcement and a campaign promise fulfilled by the Trump administration.
â€œFarm Bureau would like to the thank President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt for their quick work in dismantling the rule. Illinois Farm Bureau looks forward to working with the administration and other stakeholders to write a new ruleÂ that protects our nationâ€™s waters without penalizing farmers.â€