Tipton Questions Witnesses on Drawbacks of EPA Water Rule

SCOTT-TIPTON-300Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) questioned witnesses yesterday during a House Small Business Committee hearing to examine the impact that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to redefine “waters of the U.S.” would have on small businesses.  The EPA’s proposed rule, which is subject to a 90-day comment period that ends on July 21st, drastically expands the agency’s regulatory authority by redefining “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to include virtually every form of surface water including tributaries and ditches.  Tipton questioned Jack Field, a cattle rancher from Washington, on the potential impact to his operation, as well as on his ability to implement cost-effective conservation measures on his land. Tipton also asked Field about the EPA’s failure to reach out to farmers and ranchers, or any small businesses, before proposing the rule.  You can see how Field answered by watching video of his testimony below.  Pictured: Scott Tipton