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EPA Water Rule Delayed; Some Midwest Farmers Pleased

Harvest Public Media, a Midwest-based reporting project, covers agriculture, from farms to food to fuel.
Harvest Public Media, a Midwest-based reporting project, covers agriculture, from farms to food to fuel.

Some Midwest farmers are welcoming a legal ruling that delays new rules concerning water pollution. As Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted (HEW-sted) reports, the regulations had been slated to go into effect today (FRI).



The rules would give the Environmental Protection Agency power to regulate some streams and tributaries under the Clean Water Act. But a federal judge in North Dakota issued an injunction. That puts the rules on hold while 13 states sue the EPA. Many farmers and ranchers have maligned the rules for granting additional authority to the EPA. Blake Hurst, President of the Missouri Farm Bureau, says there has been uproar in parts of farm country.

“There’s tremendous concern from contractors, from farmers, from county road districts, from cities, from municipalities – tremendous concern about what the rule will mean to them. The EPA is totally isolated on this thing and they need to pull it.”

The EPA maintains the regulations are critical for the agency to protect downstream waters from pollution. Kristofor Husted. Harvest Public Media.

Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest. Global demand for food and fuel is rising, and the push and pull for resources has serious ramifications for our country’s economic prosperity. What’s more, we all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced In the Midwest, in particular, today’s emerging agenda for agriculture is headlined by climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality, and sustainability. By examining these local, regional and national issues and their implications with in-depth and unbiased reporting, Harvest is filling a critical information void. Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on our member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries and features, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social networking. We are committed to the highest journalistic standards. Click here to read our ethics policy.