ATTORNEYS GENERAL FILE BRIEF AGAINST EPA
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Feb. 13 -- Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has joined 20 other states in support of an American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) appeal against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to dictate state management of nutrient runoff.
The AFBF suit seeks to overturn the U.S. District Court ruling from last fall that upheld the EPA’s authority to enforce nutrient management guidelines on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
“Alabama, along with the other states, have a significant interest in protecting our right to manage lands within our borders and protect our states’ natural resources,” Strange said. “The Environmental Protection Agency continues to exceed its authority by trying to micromanage the states, and this case gives the court an opportunity to tell the EPA ‘enough is enough.’”
The amicus brief filed by Strange and other states addresses concern about the level of involvement the EPA is granted by the Clean Water Act in regard to the management of runoff from farm fields, construction sites, and other activities normally regulated by states.
“We appreciate our attorney general for standing up for state’s rights and pushing back against the overzealous EPA.” said Alabama Farmers Federation National Legislative Programs Director Mitt Walker. “It’s critical to fight EPA’s overreach now to protect farmers and prevent other watersheds across the nation from being regulated in this manner.”
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt led the effort to file the brief supporting AFBF. Other states that signed onto the brief were Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.