The National Cotton Council (NCC) appreciates the hard work by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) in drafting the proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that was released today.
When finalized, this rule, Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States,” will replace the onerous 2015 WOTUS rule that threatens to wrest control of vast tracts of land from farmers, landowners and businesses. While the new rule still will protect waters of the United States, it will more strictly define and clarify what is covered by federal regulations and what is not covered. It also will provide relief from burdensome over regulation of non-navigable waters such as roadside and farm ditches.
The NCC will review the proposal and submit comments to EPA and the COE during the comment period.