Exotic Wildlife Association
NEWS ALERT
“Promoting Conservation through Commerce”
WOTUS District Call Day: Please plan to call on Thursday, August 27th
(More details to follow)

EWA is part of a collation of agricultural and non-agricultural organizations concerned about the EPA final rule on the Water of the United States (WOTUS).

Sen. Barrasso of Wyoming has introduced in Congress S. 1140 to repeal the rule and to “require the Department of the Army and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the interest of protecting traditional navigable waters from water pollution, to adhere to certain principles and take specified actions in proposing any regulation revising the definitions of “waters of the United States” and “navigable waters.”

He needs 8 Democratic senators, mentioned below, to support the bill, and your help is vital.

If you are a constituent of any of the 8 key Senate offices below, please take a few minutes on Thursday, August 27th to call their district offices. These Senators are essential to any Hill action on WOTUS. Senators are home for August recess, and we need constituents to make their voices heard at the district level. Phone numbers for each district office will be provided prior to August 27th.

King (I-ME)
Tester (D-MT)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Warner (D-VA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Casey (D-PA)
Bennet (D-CO)
Franken (D-MN)
Klobuchar (D-MN)

Please plan on reaching out to these offices on and only on 8/27 and sharing the message that this rule does not have support from industry OR from the EPA’s co-regulator. I have included some brief talking points below on the Corp’s concerns and attached the one pager with key quotes from the Corps memos, but please feel free to customise for your association or industry. Forward on to any association or industry that may wish to participate – the more calls, the more of an impact we will make.

Message to Senators:
The EPA rule on Waters of the United States goes into effect tomorrow,August 28th. New information has been released that show the Army Corps of Engineers believes this rule is “legally vulnerable, difficult to defend in court, difficult for the Corps to explain or justify and challenging for the Corps to implement.”

In light of the serious concerns the Corps has raised, and the fact that there is still a huge amount of confusion and uncertainty within the regulated community, we ask that the rule be withdrawn and re-proposed. Please support the bipartisan bill S 1140, and urge the EPA to listen to their co-regulator, the Army Corps of Engineers about the serious flaws in this regulation.

Furthermore, if you own property in these eight states and would like to further help by hosting a tour of your property and operation to show one of these senators how negatively the rule can affect your living and property, please contact the office. We will put in contact with someone in the coalition that organizes such tours on properties and will assist you. Thank You.

Exotic Wildlife Association
Charly Seale, Executive Director

105 Henderson Branch Rd., West
Ingram, Texas 78025
 
August 13, 2015
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