In addition to the proposed regulation governing “Waters of the United States,” the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also issued an interpretive rule that will govern interpretation of “normal farming exemptions” contained in Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. This rule was effective upon issuance, although the agencies have solicited comment on its provisions. While the comment period for submission to the docket was scheduled to end June 5, EPA is extending the deadline by 30 days.
AFBF has prepared comments on the interpretive rule. State Farm Bureaus may also to submit their own comments to the docket on this interpretative rule and may wish to use the AFBF-prepared comments in preparing their own submissions.