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Rick Worthington EPA Works With Idaho
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: June 18, 2018

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The EPA enforces federal clean water and safe drinking water laws and have been telling Farmers and Ranchers how to regulate the amount of agricultural and feedlot runoff that can enter streams, creeks and rivers.

Recently, Idaho announced they now have the authority to issue their own wastewater permits.

Governor Butch Otter and the E-P-A Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an agreement putting the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System into operation.

Pruitt said it's time for Washington to let the states set their own quality standards for pollution discharge into the water...

"This day is a culmination of a tremendous amount of work and partnership between the state of Idaho and U.S. EPA. This is something that we should celebrate. This is something that we should recognize, this is how it should work."

He said he and Governor Otter talked about this at last year's Western Governors' Association meeting in Washington...

Many Farmers and Ranchers in Idaho have said they are excited to work with the state, and feel confident the state will work in a more proficient manner.

The state will now regulate the amount of agricultural, feedlot and stormwater that goes into rivers and other surface waters.

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