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EPA may alter Clean Water Act of 1972

Jan. 17, 2014 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 16, 2014 at 7:17 p.m.


Crossroads U.S. representatives

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold: 2110 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, office: 202-225-7742, fax: 202-226-1134

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela: 437 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, office: 202-225-9901

A proposed regulation could change the way Crossroads farmers and ranchers tend their land.

The Environmental Protection Agency could pass a new regulation that could alter the 1972 Clean Water Act, which reduces the amount of toxic runoff into rivers and streams.

If the regulation is approved, it would change the reach of the act that had been expanded to include isolated ponds, wetlands and temporary water features caused by runoff and seasonal flooding, according to a news release from the Victoria County Farm Bureau.

"The new rule, in its current form, would have no exemption for standard farm practices, and there is no exemption for ditches," George Hood, Victoria County Farm Bureau president, said in the news release. "In fact, ditches are explicitly included in the proposal."

The rule is expected to be released and opened for comment within the next 60 days.

For more information about the proposed regulation, visit the txfb.org.

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