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Branstad fights water rule

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday that he has joined other governors in a lawsuit challenging a federal water rule

Gov. Terry Branstad holds a town hall meeting at the Marion Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, as part of his annual 99-county tour. In addition to updating the attendees on state issues, Branstad took questions on Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, education initiatives, highlights and challenges of his tenure and the progress of Blue Zones and Healthiest State initiatives. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Gov. Terry Branstad holds a town hall meeting at the Marion Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, as part of his annual 99-county tour. In addition to updating the attendees on state issues, Branstad took questions on Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, education initiatives, highlights and challenges of his tenure and the progress of Blue Zones and Healthiest State initiatives. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad announced Tuesday that he has joined other governors in a lawsuit challenging a federal water rule, calling it a regulatory “overreach” that creates barriers to water-quality improvements and harms Iowa farmers and small businesses.

In a statement, Branstad said he intervened in a case pending in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota Southwestern Division against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers regarding the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Branstad joins in support of 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

“This federal rule increases, rather than decreases, uncertainty for Iowa farmers and small businesses,” he said.

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