Farm Bureau Applauds Morrisey’s Leadership in Challenging EPA Waters of the U.S. Rule
BUCKHANNON, WV – July 1, 2015 –West Virginia Farm Bureau (WVFB) commends West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for his leadership in heading up a bipartisan coalition of nine states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s unlawful expansion of powers under the Clean Water Act.
"The EPA’s reinterpretation of its jurisdiction over the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) is nothing short of a land grab which will prevent homeowners, farmers, and other businesses from conducting ordinary practices such as digging, fertilizing, or building on their own private property," said Charles Wilfong, WVFB President. "Congress and the United States Supreme Court have both told the EPA they do not have the authority to manage small streams or creeks or the lands around them, but the EPA has chosen to ignore them. We thank Attorney General Morrisey for his action and leadership in this matter. The EPA must be stopped."
The complaint filed by the Attorneys General of West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin and led by Morrisey, argues that the final rule put out by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers appropriates the States’ rights to regulate the management, care and protection of intrastate waters and lands, gives the EPA almost limitless power over those waters and lands, and places tremendous burdens on property owners. It asks a federal judge to set aside the rule and provide permanent relief, and order the EPA to write a new rule complying with the law and respecting States’ rights.
The complaint can be read in its entirety HERE.