Rahall speaks to USDA forum
WAYNE -- U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) raised concerns Tuesday about new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would expand the agency's role in water use.
"This EPA rule is a big problem for me and the farmers of our State," Rahall told those attending a U.S. Department of Agriculture StrikeForce forum. New regulations would change the legal definition of "waters of the United States" and expand the agency's water permitting jurisdiction, according to a news release.
Rahall said he has been working closely with Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania to bring Congress's scrutiny to the new rule.
"I am fighting the EPA on this "Waters of the U.S." rule, just like I am fighting tooth and nail to block its anti-coal rules," Rahall said.
Rahall also stressed the importance of government investment in the farm economy and rural communities.
"Today's USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) leadership is not only a steadfast steward for our farmers and livestock producers, but it also strengthens rural communities with federal dollars -- including our police and fire departments, health facilities and hospitals, and especially our water systems," Rahall told those attending the USDA StrikeForce forum.
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