McConnell joins fight over water issues at EPA, Corps

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has cosponsored legislation introduced by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing a proposed rule expanding federal authority over U.S waterways.

“This proposed rule by the Obama Administration would have a devastating impact on Kentucky’s farmers, coal industry, landowners, and other small businesses; it would also have a harmful effect on jobs,” McConnell said in a June 24 statement. “I have heard from Kentuckians across the state and from various different industries on this issue. All are concerned this is another power-grab by the EPA to essentially regulate every ditch and pothole in our state.”

Dave Maples, President of the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, said: “The EPA’s proposed rule would essentially allow the EPA to regulate even more of our producers’ property under the Clean Water Act, calling into question our longstanding practices and placing further regulatory and economic uncertainty on Kentucky producers and their families.”

Bill Bissett, President of the Kentucky Coal Association, said: “We commend Senator McConnell for fighting back against another EPA assault on the coal industry and those that indirectly rely on it. This proposed rule would essentially allow the EPA further into our backyards and businesses, meanwhile creating even more regulatory uncertainty and economic burdens.”

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