Roberts to work with EPA on water rule
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is pledging to work with the Obama administration to try to resolve farmers' concerns about a proposed rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
“I would like to work it out with the EPA, if we could, instead of legislation,” the Kansas Republican told reporters after a brief organizational session of the committee.
EPA has planned to finalize the rule this spring and recently released a scientific study on which it is based. Roberts said he expected to meet at some point with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on the issue. The proposal defines what areas are regulated under the anti-pollution law as "waters of the United States," or WOTUS.
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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have scheduled a joint hearing on the issue next Wednesday, and Roberts said his panel would have a hearing.