On June 29, the EPA issued a final ruling on how to interpret a part of the Clean Water Act that has troubled farmers and ranchers ever since the landmark environmental legislation went into effect in 1972. The rule affirms the power of the EPA to regulate agricultural pollution in the nation’s waterways, but it brushes up against longstanding battles over the rights of the federal government to regulate the use of private land. It is a step forward in improving the quality of the nation’s water supply, but the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and a slew of other agricultural lobbyist groups have filed a legal complaint in hopes that the rule will never be implemented.

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