Clean Water Act section 404(f) “interpretive rule” withdrawn after NMPF objects

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Clean Water Act section 404(f) “interpretive rule” withdrawn after NMPF objects

In response to objections raised by the National Milk Producers Federation, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has withdrawn an interpretive rule regarding when farmers must seek Clean Water Act permits for a laundry list of farming activities taking place near wetlands.  The rule specifically stated that farmers were only exempt from needing to obtain Clean Water Act permits for certain farming practices if they complied with the National Resources Conservation Service (“NRCS”) technical conservation standards. The EPA’s withdrawal of the