Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tyler Harper issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court ruling in Sackett v. EPA. The ruling against the EPA narrows the scope of the agency’s jurisdiction over Waters of the United States (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling in Sackett v. EPA today is an important victory for Georgia farmers, producers, and consumers and against unconstitutional overreach by the federal government” said Commissioner Tyler Harper. “For too long, the Clean Water Act has been used as a political tool to infringe on our agriculture industry, leaving farmers, producers, and property owners at the mercy of the federal government. Today’s ruling represents a significant victory for private property rights and our state’s number one industry, and I am confident that our farmers and producers will continue to safeguard our state’s natural resources while working around the clock to provide the food, fiber and shelter we all depend on.”