Rutledge Disappointed EPA Moves Forward with WOTUS Rule
May 27, 2015
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released a statement following the decision by the Obama administration to move forward with the “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule.
“I am disappointed in the administration’s decision to move forward with a final rule, which goes beyond the scope of the Clean Water Act passed by Congress and fails to address the concerns raised by the public,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The final rule will allow the Environmental Protection Agency to unfairly target farmers and ranchers. Under this rule, any member of the Arkansas agriculture community who has water running through his or her private property, regardless of size, could be in violation of this law by performing everyday tasks like plowing and the application of pesticides and fertilizer. My office continues to review the final rule and is prepared to take appropriate legal action to prevent implementation of this unlawful regulation.”
Attorney General Rutledge testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in March urging the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the rule because of the negative impact it would have on Arkansas farmers. In 2012, agriculture added $20.1 billion to the Arkansas economy, according to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.