A group of U.S. Senators is trying to block proposed new guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA guidance would remove the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act. Many people in and out of Congress worry that that small change in the interpretation of the law would significantly impact landowners all across the country. Some people contend that the change could make it possible for the government to regulate ALL waters of any size or type – even farm ponds!
The U.S. has appealed the recent WTO ruling that the Country of Origin Labeling law violates world trade rules. Now Canada and Mexico have also files appeals, challenging the part of the ruling that the underlying objective of COOL is legitimate. Canada and Mexico are also making conditional appeals in case the WTO’s Appellate Body overturns the initial ruling. A final determination on the issues is expected by the end of June.