Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Supreme Court Petition for Certiorari
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 29, 2016 - "We, of course, are disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision not to examine the lawfulness of EPA's Chesapeake Bay 'blueprint.' EPA has asserted the power to sit as a federal zoning board, dictating which land can be farmed and where homes, roads and schools can be built. We remain firm in opposing this unlawful expansion of EPA's power. We will closely monitor the agency's actions in connection with the Bay blueprint, as well as any efforts to impose similar mandates in other areas. This lawsuit has ended, but the larger battle over the scope of EPA's power is not over.
"Farmers are justifiably proud of their successes in reducing agriculture's impact on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay, and they remain committed to further improvements. We will continue to support state and local programs to improve agriculture's environmental performance, and we will continue to oppose EPA overreach."