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WATER QUALITY, NE TO MIDWEST

Could the Chesapeake Bay’s federally-mandated water clean-up plan easily be translated to the Mississippi River Watershed? To find out, NPR spoke with IFB’s Lauren Lurkins. “It’s a huge land mass that is covered and it gets really complicated and it makes for a bigger effort that is pushed down from the federal government,” Lurkins said. “Illinois farmers… read more

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EPA, CORPS PLAN TO REPEAL WOTUS RULE

The US EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday announced plans to rescind the controversial “waters of the U.S.” rule. The agencies proposed two separate rulemaking steps: Rescinding the WOTUS rule and re-evaluating and revising the definition of “waters of the U.S.” Agricultural groups, which have fought the rule for year, applauded the news. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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ENVIRONMENT OFFICIALS SAY U.S. TO LOSE JOBS

Canada’s environment minister and the head of the U.N. environment agency said Monday that the U.S. stands to lose jobs by pulling out of the Paris Climate accord. U.N. Environment chief Erik Solheim said China is already very competitive on energy. Solheim said the U.S. will be the biggest loser because all green jobs will… read more

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#CORN #ETHANOL FACES ITS LIMITS

Corn ethanol has reached its official limit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program, which means other less-developed, low-carbon fuels will have to step up to fill a 21 billion-gallon gap by 2022. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which was passed by Congress in 2007, refiners must blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels in… read more

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TRUMP TO EPA: FREEZE GRANTS, CONTRACTS

The Trump team Monday told officials at the EPA to freeze its grants and contracts, a move that could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized plans to improve air quality. The EPA awards more than $4 billion in funding for grants and other assistance agreements each year. (Washington Post)

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WOTUS VETO

President Barack Obama has vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) waters of the United States rule. Details at FarmWeekNow.com.

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WOTUS UPDATE

The U.S. Senate Thursday morning voted against cloture on President Obama’s veto of WOTUS resolution of disapproval. The vote was 52-40. It needed 60 votes.  Meanwhile, check out U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood’s comments to RFD Today on WOTUS: http://bcove.me/pq6yb6q5.

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NEW CORN HERBICIDE RECEIVES EPA REGISTRATION

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the registration of Resicore herbicide, which will be available to growers for the 2016 growing season. Resicore is a premix herbicide with three active ingredients and three modes of action, as reported by Agriculture.com.

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ACTION REQUEST

It’s time to DROWN the WOTUS Rule. Urge your Congressman to vote for S.J.Res. 22 – a resolution disapproving the Waters of the U.S. The U.S. House is expected to vote on the resolution on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your… read more

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EPA BROKE THE RULES

EPA violated restrictions on using appropriations for grassroots lobbying when it employed social media to promote the proposed Clean Water Rule, a new Government Accountability Office legal opinion concludes.

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