Business Groups Sue EPA for New “Ephemeral Streams” Ruling

The EPA’s effort to find middle ground on regulations is drawing criticism.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) are leading a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over a new environmental rule that protects temporary streams from pollution. Fertilizer and manure runoff from food production is the number one pollutant of all water supplies in America, and as of 2022 have rendered more than half of America’s streams unusable for drinking, fishing, or swimming. The previous presidential administrations had regulated pollution in all streams and later rescinded all those regulations. The current administration is attempting to strike a balance by only regulating streams that occur during times of high rain, but agricultural businesses are still not happy.

“My cattle operation in southwest Virginia has a creek that only carries water after large storms,” rancher and NCBA Policy Vice Chair Gene Copenhaver, a Virginia cattle producer, said in a statement. Under the new rule, Copenhaver said, “We could be subject to complex federal regulations.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the federal courts as they review the arguments presented in this case.
  • That the Lord grants wisdom to America’s judges as they see how the law applies to this lawsuit.
  • For the Biden administration as they regularly contend with the people of America.

Sources: The Hill


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