On July 22, 2013, H.R. 2776, entitled Review EPA’s Language on Agriculture and Thoroughly Engage (RELATE) with the Farm Act of 2013, was introduced in the House. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Agriculture. The RELATE with the Farm Act of 2013 would establish a process for the Secretary of Agriculture to review rules that the Administer of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to impose. The bill allows a review of all EPA rules which the Secretary determines would have “significant impact on a substantial number of agricultural entities.” Included in the Secretary’s powers would be the ability to utilize the Chief Economist of the Department of Agriculture to produce an economic impact statement to assess the estimate potential costs of EPA rules to agricultural entities.
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Written By Gaby Gilbeau – Research Assistant
The Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center
August 8, 2013