FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Office of Communications
State Ag Departments, Farmers Applaud WOTUS Rescission
Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement today to withdraw the 2015 Clean Water Rule and recodify the previous regulations, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black issued the following statement:
"Today is a good day for farmers across the state and nation as the proposal to rescind EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule represents great progress in the hard fought battle against government overreach. As the head of a regulatory agency myself, I believe it is our responsibility to enforce the law through rules and regulations, not to create the law through rules and regulations. The expanded authority of the ‘Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)’ gave the federal government the ability to dictate how people could use their personal property and farmland around small, insignificant collections of water and circumvented the will of Congress. I applaud Administrator Pruitt's proposal to reverse this clear and blatant overreach of the government’s power.”
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.