Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after a meeting today between Senate Agriculture Committee Republicans and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The senators asked for the meeting in a letter on May 23.
“No question this administration has a poor track record with agricultural interests on any number of issues. I reiterated my concerns with the Waters of the U.S. rule, and the unease I’m hearing from Iowans at my town meetings. I shared with the administrator a story I read in my local Farm Bureau Spokesman about how the federal government can’t even make a decision about whether a farmer needs a permit to put in conservation practices on his own land. It’s hard to believe how the EPA thinks it can manage new rules when this unhelpful approach and general negative attitude toward agriculture seem to be standard protocol. I appreciate the administrator coming to the Hill to talk with us, but the meeting did little to alleviate my concerns that the agency isn’t listening to the people its rules will directly impact.”