Farm groups support San Francisco’s challenge to EPA water regulations

Several ag groups are backing the city of San Francisco, saying water quality standards set by the EPA are unreasonable and could set the city up for court battles down the road.

Groups like the National Pork Producers Council say the EPA policy has open-ended standards, and the permit process could put every farmer in the country at risk if they were adopted elsewhere. The bay area is currently home to more than 2 million acres of farmland.

The American Farm Bureau is also joining the fight, saying the EPA policy should clearly lay out what permit holders need to do in order to comply with the standards.