Ag candidates focus on new EPA rules

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — You’ve heard of the war on coal? Get ready for the war on farming.

Kentucky’s candidates for state Agriculture Commissioner are building their campaigns around opposing new proposed rules by the Environmental Protection Agency that they say would hurt Kentucky farmers. The political moves come after a closely-watched U.S. Senate race where Sen. Mitch McConnell used a similar strategy on fighting the EPA’s coal regulations to a victory.

The new rule would give the EPA authority to regulate smaller waterways. Republican candidate Ryan Quarles and Democratic candidate Jean-Marie Lawson Spann say the rule would allow the EPA to dictate what farmers can do with their land, which often includes streams, ponds and marshes.

The EPA says currently 60 percent of the nation’s streams and wetlands are not protected from pollution.

 

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