The Trump administration is calling on farmers to throw their support behind a proposal to withdraw federal protections for many of the country’s waterways and wetlands.

Environmental Protection Agency acting administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue on Tuesday traveled to Tennessee to drum up support among the state’s agricultural community.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Lebanon, Tenn. Perdue and Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler met with farmers about a new Trump administration proposal to redefine
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Lebanon, Tenn. Perdue and Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler met with farmers about a new Trump administration proposal to redefine “waters of the United States. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Wheeler says he anticipates the new rule will likely draw more than a million responses once the agency opens the new rules up for public review. He’s urging farmers, businesspeople and other key stakeholders to make sure their voices are heard.

Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, left, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue answer questions Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler, left, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue answer questions Tuesday, Dec. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Environmental groups have warned the proposed overhaul will be a grave assault on the aims of the 1972 Clean Water Act, the foundational U.S. water protection law. However, others say the protections are an obstacle to farmers and businesspeople.

Source: The Associated Press

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