Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) introduced a bill this week that will provide states and territories of the United States the ability to “opt out” of compliance with a provision of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or any rule or regulation resulting from those acts if it is deemed overly burdensome to a farmer or other agricultural producers by the Governor or appropriate State Chief Executive office.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has been issuing rules and regulations at an alarming rate over the past several years.  This relentless activity has hurt many farmers and other agricultural producers across the United States who are struggling to keep up with the government’s torrent pact of intrusion,” Rep. Buerkle said.

The House is planning on taking up a comprehensive regulatory farm bill in late July and this bill could be included in the reform legislation.