TFI Supports New WOTUS Definition that Brings Clarity to National Water Policy


December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President and CEO Chris Jahn issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of the Army newly proposed definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

“The fertilizer industry is encouraged by EPA’s and the Department of the Army’s new WOTUS definition, a great first step towards a sustainable national water policy that both protects the environment and facilitates smart economic development. We believe the new plan more clearly defines which waters are subject to federal jurisdiction, which waters are subject to state protection and how the rule will be implemented, clarity that was not found in the 2015 rule.

“We have long shared EPA’s goal of improving water quality and continuously advocate for the adoption of nutrient management practices such as 4R Nutrient Stewardship (using the right fertilizer source, applied at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place) that enhance environmental protection while helping to ensure farmer profitability.

“We applaud EPA and the Department of the Army for their efforts to engage stakeholders in crafting a new WOTUS definition and will remain engaged as this rule is finalized, thereby ensuring a future with both clean water and clear rules.”


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