On July 8 the Greater Phoenix Chamber’s Agriculture, Water and Environment hosted five panelists to provide an overview and discuss the potential impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule with Chamber members.
The panelists included Henry Darwin of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Tom Buschatzke of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Jay Johnson of the Central Arizona Project, Rob Anderson of Fennemore Craig and and Stefanie Smallhouse of the AZ Farm Bureau.
The presentation and information provided by the panelists illustrated the proposed EPA rule is broad in scope and could potentially impact several industries and state agencies. From farming and ranching, to construction and small businesses, to water resource planning prepared by the state, the reach of the EPA’s proposed regulation is far and wide, and can vary depending on interpretation of the rule.
Those interested in commenting on the proposed rule can do so online. The public commenting period ends on July 21, 2014.
For more information about the proposed rule visit the U.S. Chamber.