Sunday, July 25, 2021

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Letter to the Editor: Dusty’s position: “Say No to WOTUS, POTUS”

Give us specifics, Dusty. How can anyone say “BAD, BAD, NO, NEVER” is the unequivocal answer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) re-regulation of bodies of water on private land?

I trust that EPA doesn’t find — without exception – that non-compliance exists for all South Dakota water on private land. It would be helpful if you or your staff would document and report specific regulatory disagreements with EPA. It would help onlookers like myself to hear how EPA explains such situations.

Since you’re an elected official of the same federal government as EPA; should it not behoove you to seek and report on broader, deeper, thinking about the pros and cons of EPA’s rationale as applied in specific cases?

Many of us see WOTUS as a likely positive because we’ve seen so many environmental harms laid upon us by the previous administration. EPA has an admirable record of delivering environmental protections for the greater good.

Please use your leadership position to help everyone understand the bigger picture.

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