Clements: New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will offer an understanding of agricultural issues at the EPA. Pruitt previously served as attorney general for Oklahoma before taking his new post. AFBF senior director of regulatory relations Don Parrish says Pruitt’s leadership is a welcomed change to the agency.
Parrish: One of the things that I think that Scott Pruitt means for agriculture is the opportunity to bring agricultural issues before the agency in ways we have not had before. He’s had a close working relationship with Oklahoma Farm Bureau, and, again, I think it is going to create a partnership that we haven’t seen at EPA in a long time.
Clements: Parrish says Pruitt has a proven track record on agricultural issues from his time as Oklahoma’s attorney general.
Parrish: And it’s a track record of not just being attorney general, it’s a track record of trying to find solutions to environmental problems that’s good for the environment, as well as good for the economy and farmers in general, so that’s a very positive step in the right direction.
Clements: He says AFBF will work with EPA to find a replacement for the waters of the U.S. rule.
Parrish: There’s over 30 states that have challenged the WOTUS rule as not being consistent with congressional intent, and really not working with states to make sure that rule does not overstep what Congress intended with regard to land-use and water issues, so I do think WOTUS is going to be one of Mr. Pruitt’s primary objectives and priorities, and we’re looking forward to working with him on that.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.
Communications Assistant, AFBF