Farmers question proposed water regulation rule

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna is working to block the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from expanding federal regulations that farmers say would hurt business.

Major waterways have always come under federal regulation, but now Hanna says the EPA wants to generalize that term to include all water.

Farmers say it will mean unnecessary -- not to mention crippling -- government interference. Farmers also say they feel there is enough government agencies watching what they do, and more regulations would mean more paperwork with less time to grow and harvest crops.

"I don't understand," said farmer Howard Regner. "I think it's just the federal government trying to expand on their role. We already have soil water for the county doing all these things, DEC in New York State doing all these things, so why redundance with federal government wanting to control all this, too? I just don't understand it."

Hanna says the rule would also cover irrigation ditches and ponds.

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