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Noem partners with other members of Congress to send letter to EPA

Noem partners with other members of Congress to send letter to EPA

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South Dakota's U.S. Representative Kristi Noem is once again fighting back against the federal government adding a new level of bureaucracy for landowners and small business owners.

She has signed on with 231 other members of Congress in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency telling it to back off of a proposed rule.

Recently the EPA came out with guidance to change the definition of "navigable waters" to include waters that haven't been covered in the past, like ditches, wetlands, and land owned by producers.

Noem says she recognizes the EPA has a role in enforcing the clean water act, but it does not have the jurisdiction over every small ditch and pond that may be in rural communities in South Dakota.

“People do not want the federal government squatting on their land. They do not want to have their permitting process to become longer and make it more difficult to farm and produce on their land or potentially have impacts farther down the road,” said Noem.

Noem said she has had success with this method a couple of years ago when Congress made the Occupational Safety Health Administration, or OSHA, back off after it tried to impose rules on family farms with less than 10 employees.

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