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Hoeven Says Clean Water Act is an Overreach

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A new rule under the Clean Water Act, will expand the power of the Environmental Protection Agency, which Senator Hoeven says is bureaucratic overreach.

The EPA and Army Corps of engineers proposed a rule in March that would give the agency authority to regulate small bodies of water such as wetlands, ditches and stock ponds. To prevent the ruling Sen. Hoeven is co-sponsoring the Protecting Water and Property Rights Act.

"We are going at it two ways. Either through the authorizing process which says to the EPA no you do not have the authority to do that or we are going to add it through the funding mechanism to say no you cannot spend any money to implement that proposal so we are going after it both ways.  I'm hopeful we'll be able to get one or the other," says Hoeven.

Hoeven spoke with the Department of Agriculture's Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday in Fargo, and discussed the importance of the bill.


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