Thursday, March 6, 2014

Legislature Approves Resolution Pushing Back Against New Proposed Water Quality Rules

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 12:37 PM

The Idaho Senate pushed back against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today when it passed, via a voice vote, a resolution criticizing the FDA's proposed rules on water quality and agriculture.

"This resolution has a much greater importance than just a hankie in the wind," said New Plymouth Republican Sen. Monty Pearce, in introducing House Joint Memorial 7. "This impacts us as a state dramatically."

The newly proposed FDA rules have particular restrictions on the quality of water used in agricultural production.

"In other words, the water has to be swimming pool-clean," said Pearce. "This isn't good and it isn't right. It's like requiring us to water our cows with bottled water."

The Joint Memorial codifies the Idaho Legislature's opposition to the rules "until a clear understanding of their impact can be determined."

The resolution has already passed through the Idaho House.

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