Smentek, ASA to meet with EPA over WOTUS proposal

Joe Smentek

Joe Smentek

Minnesota Soybean Director of Environmental Affairs Joe Smentek will join four ASA directors and state staff Monday in Washington D.C. to discuss the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead staff and rule writers of the final rule.
Smentek will join farmer leaders Richard Wilkins (Del.), Ron Moore (Ill.), Davie Stephens (Ky.) and Ed Erickson (N.D.) for the meeting Monday. Smentek hopes to address undefined terms in the rule, tile drainage, and to clarify exemptions to the rule.
“We hope to stress the importance of clear and consistent rules,” Smentek said.