PFB asks you contact your legislatures regarding S.1816 – Cardin Bill

To:  National Legislative Committee Members, Governmental Relation Directors, State Board of Directors, All Regular Members

From:  Sam Kieffer, National Legislative Director

Re:  Urgent Action Requested –S. 1816 – Cardin Bill

PFB has learned that S. 1816 (the Cardin Bill) will be subject to discussion and mark-up today or by 12:00 noon tomorrow by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  The Cardin Bill imposes oppressive requirements on agriculture without the guarantee of funding to meet the mandates and infringes on states’ constitutionally protected authorities in regards to water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.    PFB strongly opposes this bill for the following reasons:

  • The Cardin Bill grants EPA the authority to create any regulations or issue any permits the EPA deems necessary to control pollution.
  • S. 1816 grants EPA unprecedented authority to control agriculture, basic land use policy and economic activity in the region.
  • The Cardin Bill calls for federal permits and citizen enforcement.  This could result in citizen suits generating unnecessary legal actions which are intended to stop a project or prolong the issuance of permits.  Agricultural opportunities would be limited which could spell the end for many family farms.
  • This legislation establishes a precedent for how the federal government regulates any waters that are found to be impaired.
  • These policies have nationwide implications because many environmental activists want to see them duplicated across the country.
  • Pennsylvania Farm Bureau supports H.R. 5509 introduced by Congressman Tim Holden which has balanced and common sense provisions to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay without providing excessive authority to the EPA.

It is vitally important for you to call Senator Specter’s office and ask him to oppose S. 1816, even with amendments.  Please call 202-224-4254, extension 2 to talk to a staff person with Senator Specter.  He needs to hear from farmers today or before 12:00 noon tomorrow.

To confirm that you contacted Senator Specter’s office, please call PFB at 1-886-445-3896 or email

Thank you for your help in this urgent matter.