NAWG and 80 other agriculture, natural resource and business groups wrote the head of the House Appropriations Committee, urging him to cut off funding for an ocean-based regulatory plan that is being developed by the Counsel for Environmental Quality.

The policy is based on an executive order and would, in effect, zone portions of the oceans for different purposes. The groups writing this week told Congressional leadership that uncertainty surrounds the proposals and that the “risk of unintended economic and societal consequences remains high.”

Agriculture and other groups are concerned that, in addition to the ramifications for work in and near the oceans, such a policy could also lead to regulation of activities along tributaries that lead into the ocean. The full letter is available at http://www.wheatworld.org/wp-content/uploads/enviro-coalition-letter-ocean-policy-20120412.pdf.