The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) withdrawal of the Waters of the U.S. rule.


“We’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.


“As 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.   


“We’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.


“Farm 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 rule that protects our nation’s waters without penalizing farmers.â€