10-07-2014 10:29 AM | USA

Georgia farmers in limbo over new water rule

As a matter of course and of principle, we generally support laws enacted to make our world, particularly our water and air, cleaner and safer for human needs.

But in the case of a new federal water rule the EPA and the U.S. Corps of Engineers introduced this spring, farmers and farm organizations in Georgia (and almost certainly in other states as well) are crying foul … and they might well have a point.

At issue is something called the Interpretive Rule (IR), and its intent was both to improve water quality and to clarify existing permit exemptions as well as create a few new ones. In other words, it was supposed to make environmental bureaucracy easier, rather than harder, for the ag industry to negotiate.
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