Minnesota AgriGrowth Hosted EPA Administrator Pruitt
Saint Paul — An engaging roundtable discussion with AgriGrowth members and U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took place on Wednesday, July 19th at the AgriGrowth offices in downtown St. Paul. The conversation focused on Minnesota agriculture’s concerns regarding EPA’s Waters of the U.S., or WOTUS rule and the recent decision by EPA to rescind the rule in its current form. This roundtable discussion offered Minnesota agri-businesses and farm leaders an opportunity to share their perspectives on the need to take a fresh approach to re-defining the WOTUS rule.
During the meeting, Administrator Pruitt referenced his goal of modifiying the current WOTUS rule and creating a revised rule that creates greater certainty for agriculture and gives states more responsibility in solving the water use issues in their own backyard. Administrator Pruitt also stressed his desire to meet directly with those most affected by EPA regulations and learn about the unique characteristics in each state.
“This was a much needed in-person discussion between Minnesotan agriculture leaders and the EPA,” Executive Perry Aasness stated. “Minnesota agriculture has a vested interest in protecting our water resources and are encouraged that Administrator Pruitt is making a concerted effort to reach out to Minnesota agriculture leaders. We’re grateful Administrator Pruitt took time to understand our concerns and build a better dialogue and relationship, which will ultimately lead to more positive outcomes that protect water resources while allowing this important sector of Minnesota’s economy to thrive and grow.
The event was held shortly after Administrator Pruitt met with Minnesota Governor Dayton.