Democratic challenger Paul Davis says if he’s elected Kansas governor, he will resist a new federal rule asserting regulatory authority over many of the nation’s streams and wetlands.
Davis said Thursday that the rule would be damaging to agriculture. He said he would consider a lawsuit to block the rule if necessary.
He spoke shortly after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback announced that he and five members of his Cabinet are sending a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, asking the agency to withdraw the rule.
Brownback has made opposition to the rule part of his re-election campaign before the Nov. 4 election. He’s in a tough race with Davis.
The EPA contends the rule clarifies which waters are shielded from development under federal law.