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Zombie WOTUS Rises from the Dead in Carolina Court Case- NCBA Fighting to Return It to the Grave

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:05:22 CDT

Zombie WOTUS Rises from the Dead in Carolina Court Case- NCBA Fighting to Return It to the Grave


A couple of months ago, the Waters of the US rule that was established by the Obama Administration came back to life - at least in several states including Oklahoma. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, hoping to draw attention to the problems of WOTUS being resurrected, put out a videa on Halloween called “Zombie WOTUS.” Scott Yager, environmental counsel for NCBA, explained the situation.


“’Zombie WOTUS’ is the result of a South Carolina court ruling that brought the WOTUS rule back into existence for 22 different states across the country. So, we all thought WOTUS was dead, right. President Trump signed an executive order in 2017 to get rid of the 2015 Obama era WOTUS rule - but what most people don’t realize is that it is still going through the administrative process.”

Click or tap the PLAYBOX in the window below to watch the video 'Zombie WOTUS' released this Halloween by NCBA.




Yager continues to explain that both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, those entities with authority over WOTUS, must complete a rule-making process to the letter of the law in order to fully replace the old rule with an updated version - one that will withstand a legal challenge in court. That process has been in the works for some time now and is still ongoing. Yager reports that currently the new language being considered for the replacement rule is being reviewed by the Justice Department, the White House Office of Management and Budget and the EPA’s and Army Corps’ sister agencies which all have a voice in the process. Until they are all satisfied with the language and a consensus can be made, the rule will remain in stasis.


Based on the reports he has heard from the EPA, Yager is expecting to see the final rule be made public within a month’s time or less. In the meantime, groups like NCBA are making their arguments in other court districts attempting to overturn the South Carolina ruling.


Listen to Yager offer more insight into this situation, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.


The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.



   



   


Hear Yager offer more insight into this situation, with Farm Director Ron Hays, on today's Beef Buzz.
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