Gov. Dave Heineman says federal regulations being issued by the Environmental Protection Agency pose a big problem for agriculture.
Heineman takes direct aim at the EPA, especially its proposal to expand the Clean Water Act.
“As I kiddingly say, but I think it’s fairly accurate, you know, when we have a little rain in the state and there’s a little pond in the ditch, they think that’s an environmental wetlands and they want to regulate it,” Heineman says, adding. “It’s ridiculous.”
Heineman, answering a question about what is the biggest regulatory issue facing Nebraska agriculture, says the federal government under the Obama Administration has been over-aggressive with its regulations.
The governor says he appreciates the efforts of the Nebraska Congressional delegation to curb what he considers federal over-reach.
“The fact of the matter is we all support clean air, clean water, and appropriate regulations, but it’s the EPA that’s the enemy of agriculture, I’ll put it that way.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]