U.S. Rep. Billy Long Reacts to New Clean Water Rule

Posted on June 1, 2015 11:12 am CDT


Felicia Lawrence

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U.S. Congressman Billy Long is opposed to the new Clean Water Rule approved this week by the EPA and the U.S. Army. The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined. The EPA administrator says it's important the streams and wetlands that lead into rivers and lakes for our drinking water are also kept clean. Congressman Long says the rule is too intrusive and could effect private landowners. He thinks more clarity is needed.

"Environment is very, very important, but sometimes you can get over zealous in your approach. And all of a sudden what used to be navigable, now turns into anything that could lead to navigable waters. That's a terrible overreach and a big land grab by the government," says U.S. Congressman Billy Long of the 7th district in Missouri.

The Clean Water Rule will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, which is the government's daily journal.


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