Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement to repeal the Waters of the U.S. rule.
June 27, 2017—“After years of battling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule, Oklahoma farmers and ranchers today applaud the agency’s decision to rescind the rule.
“Clean water is crucial to farmers and ranchers because our very livelihoods depend on it. The WOTUS rule had nothing to do with clean water, but instead was an enormous land grab that created great confusion for farmers and ranchers.
“Where the previous EPA blatantly ignored the concerns of farmers and ranchers, President Donald Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are now working to aid farmers and ranchers in producing high-quality and affordable food for the world.
“As Pruitt and his team at the EPA take the first steps in repealing this disastrous rule, we look forward to joining forces in creating common sense regulations to protect our water, our land, and our environment.”