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Smart Talk: New EPA rules to protect water? One man show on Thaddeus Stevens

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 11, 2014 2:34 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, June 12, 2014:

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Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions seemed to create confusion over who has jurisdiction over the nation's waterways.

More than a decade after the first ruling, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that officials say would clarify who oversees certain bodies of water, especially smaller streams that feed into rivers, lakes, and oceans.

One of the top ranking officials in the EPA -- Nancy Stoner -- the Acting Assistant Administrator for Water -- appears on Thursday's Smart Talk to explain.

The proposed new regulations are designed to pinpoint where the 1972 Clean Water Act applies. 

Opponents, including those representing agriculture and business, have lined up to say the rule changes would give EPA more jurisdiction over waterways on private property and even ditches.  The EPA denies the proposal would expand any federal powers.

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Tom Wiggins

Also on Thursday's program, Tom Wiggins, the star of the one man show Remarkable Radical: The Life and Times of Thaddeus Stevens appears.  The show is scheduled for Thursday night at Millersville University's Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.

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Comments: 4

  • Bob Nunn img 2014-06-12 08:21

    What about people that water on their land, but are not farmers?

    • Scott LaMar img 2014-06-13 13:55

      From EPA...
      The status of CWA protection over waters on private property would generally not change as a result of the proposed EPA rule. The new rule would actually identify, for the first time in a regulation, types of waters that are never jurisdictional. We encourage everyone to comment on the proposed rule and let us know how we can make it work better.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-12 08:36

    John Naylor writes:

    we need government regulations!! Gov’t is suppose to protect the public from it’s self...... the Clean Water Act does exactly that when we consider pesticides from farming , lawn chemicals , roadway run-off , not to mention the ever historical, ever present mineral extraction industry! !

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-06-12 08:41

    Laura from Lewisburg writes:

    Can you clarify the farm access for livestock using streams on farms as a water source--thus the streams capture some manure.

    Also- w/ the new embryo chicken lab chicken businesses across PA -- southern and central regions-- does the spreading of that chicken waste harbor any dangers to streams and waterway safety? I.e. Are the chickens grown for research given any special feed or drugs or chems that are now reaching our fields via farm spreaders?

    It is my opinion that manure is no longer being used by farmers used as a field fertilizer, but that in fact, due to expanding larger dairy and chicken farms, the field is now a place to get rid of farm waste, period.

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