Revise EPA, state and local Stormwater Management regulations for Pennsylvania
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In many areas of Pennsylvania, the property sizes fall under 20 acres. In such cases, farming on a commercial scale is not sustainable financially. However, such smaller parcels are ideal for the sustenance farming activities and operations for individual families.
Current EPA and Pennsylvania DEP stormwater management (SWM) regulations place an undue financial burden on the small scale farmer, who may need additional outbuildings such as a barn, equipment sheds, and other such structures.
Oftentimes, the required treatment to meet current SWM standards results in practices and methods which cost more than the structure itself. E.g. For an equipment shed that costs $85,000, the SWM measures required can easily approach $100k; bringing the total to $185,000.
These regulations MUST change.
Currently they are indiscriminately applied to commercial and non-commercial operations alike. It is understandable that larger operations would have a need for more comprehensive and stringent SWM plans and measures.
However, the family farmer should be able to aspire to the American Dream of providing for their family and following natural law to do so without intervention from local, state, and federal agencies.
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