TFI Statement on Waters of the United States Rule


May 27, 2015

TFI Statement on Waters of the United States Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is expressing concern about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) final “Waters of the United States,” WOTUS rule issued today. The rule defines the scope of waters regulated under jurisdiction of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

“The fertilizer industry shares EPA’s goal of improving water quality, but we are concerned that the content and execution of the WOTUS rule divides rather than unites stakeholders,” said TFI President Chris Jahn. “There is already much cooperative work underway by government agencies, ENGO’s and the agricultural community to ensure that farmers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance using the 4R nutrient stewardship framework,” he continued.  “Bringing about meaningful change through these partnerships, not adding layers of regulatory burden is the clearest and quickest path to success.”

“EPA’s ability to consider nearly 900,000 individual sets of comments and thoroughly analyze the impact of the rule on the U.S. economy in such a short time frame stretches credibility,” said Jahn. While we are eager to ensure that the fertilizer industry’s response is heard, TFI is undertaking a careful analysis of the rule before providing further comment on its substance.”