Online seminar to explain effects of EPA lawsuit on farmers

Friday, July 20, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE -- The way Arkansans farm and how the state regulates water quality are at stake in a lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency by environmental groups; a suit in which Arkansas' attorney general, the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation and other agricultural advocacy groups have filed motions to intervene.

On July 24, the National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a webinar to discuss the background of the case and its potential effects on farming, municipalities and others in Arkansas and throughout the Mississippi River Basin, estimated by some to comprise as much as 40 percent of the U.S. landmass.

"We'll lay out the chronology of this issue, mainly focusing on the 2008 petition filed by environmental groups to EPA, and similar activity in Florida," said Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

"We'll also tie in the parallels between this current lawsuit and the National Cotton Council case that forced EPA to change its regulatory approach to aquatic pesticides under the Clean Water Act."

Pittman said he and co-presenter Grant Ballard, a Banks Law Firm associate and research consultant with the National Agricultural Law Center, will describe "in non-wonkish detail" what "narrative" versus "numeric" standards mean in terms of the Clean Water Act and pollution.

There is no charge to attend. Participating in the webinar is very easy.

At the 11 a.m. Central start time, simply go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/aglaw and sign in as a guest.

The webinar is provided with generous support by the Banks Law Firm, PLLC. The Banks Firm has provided a gift on behalf of the National Agricultural Law Center to create a premier legal education presentation series focused on southern agricultural producers and to help promote the 25th anniversary of the Center. This webinar is a part of those efforts.

For more information about the webinar, visit http://www.nationalaglawcenter.org/outreach/CWAEPA/.

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