Special Member Briefing: Dealing With WOTUS

Date: September 23, 2015

Some believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to be the biggest expansion of federal power in our nation’s history. By bringing ponds, ditches and season streams under its authority to regulate the navigable waters of the nation, Idaho’s family farmers, ranchers and small-business owners are now in the agency’s crosshairs.
As regulatory expert and former Congressman Larry Combest of Texas put it to The Hill newspaper, before the rule was finalized, “Farmers, ranchers, dairymen and others, on and off the farm, are in widespread panic with the finalization of this rule because not only does it allow EPA  onto their land, but it throws the gate wide open to environmental group-led citizen lawsuits that promise to carry the rule’s reach beyond what even the EPA envisioned … This rule carries with it fines under the law to the tune of $37,000 per day, but comes with absolutely no clarity for  farmers as to what side of the law they are now on.”
NFIB is suing to stop the EPA’s power grab, and on October 8 in Boise, Senior Staff Attorney Luke Wake will brief members with an overview of the rule, what it means for affected small businesses, how to identify the new waters, and the status of the lawsuit.
A reservation is required and the cost to attend is $15, which includes discussion materials, a box lunch and bottled water. Click here for a registration form you can fax back, or send NFIB Member Support Manager Stacy Jenkins an email here.
More information about WOTUS is available here.
NFIB Member Briefing
EPA’s Waters of the United States Rule
Thursday, October 8
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Room 17
West Wing
Idaho State Capitol

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