TFI Registers Disappointment with EPA Waters Rule


August 29, 2023

Arlington, VA – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) president and CEO Corey Rosenbusch today issued the below statement following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is disappointed in the continued lack of clarity in EPA’s newly released WOTUS rule, including the agency’s disregard both for the procedural need to invite public input for consideration and for May’s Supreme Court ruling determining which bodies of water fall under federal jurisdiction. It is unclear how a half-baked rule will provide any amount of durability or certainty to the regulated community. In this regard, the guidance and implementation tools that EPA says it plans to develop are critical to both the fertilizer industry and its farmer customers.

A recent survey of TFI members found that the number one concern for companies in the fertilizer industry surrounds regulatory certainty. By shortcutting the regulatory process, EPA fails to satisfy its stated intent. We want clear rules that facilitate long-term planning and the capital investments that allow us to continue providing the critical nutrients that feed the crops that feed our communities.”