Skip to comments.EPA Forces Man to Spend $200,000 To Expand Lake, Then Doesn't Grant Permit To Do It
Posted on 03/27/2013 3:49:28 PM PDT by grundle
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has launched a new campaign called "Victims of Government" that details how onerous government has destroyed people's lives. To launch the effort Senator Johnson posted a video yesterday in which he describes the plight of Stephen Lathrop from Granite City, Illinois.
According to a letter from Senator Johnson and Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) to the Army Corps of Engineers, Mr. Lathrop's town has a severe flooding problem that the Army Corps of Engineers was ordered to fix in 1965 but never did. In light of this, Mr. Lathrop decided to buy a local dump, invest $100,000 of his own money, and build a lake to alleviate the flooding in his neighborhood.
That's when the trouble started. Shortly after Mr. Lathrop built his lake, the Army Corps of Engineers determined that the dump he had put the lake on was a "wetland" according to the Clean Water Act and he would have to drain the lake. When Mr. Lathrop couldn't afford to do that the Corp referred him to the EPA for prosecution.
While this was going on another incident of sever flooding occurred in the area. Granite City and its outlying areas were flooded and declared a disaster area by the federal government. However, Mr. Lathrop's lake prevented the same thing from happening to his neighborhood.
When Mr. Lathrop met with the EPA to talk about his lake, the EPA declined to prosecute him. Instead, they determined that he must expand a lake on an adjacent farm. In order to do so Mr. Lathrop had to apply for a permit from the Corp.
That cost him another $200,000 and, despite the Corp lifting their order against him, he has still never received the permit. It's been 15 years.
This decades-long fight has cost Mr. Lathrop $300,000. It has left him and his family on the brink of bankruptcy.
Mr. Lathrop's story is a stunning example of the cost of over-burdensome government on real people's lives. It's a commentary on the sad state of affairs government over-expansion and over-reach has left us with in this country.
Given that sad state, it's likely that we will being hearing many more stories of the awful effects that the crushing force of federal bureaucracy has had on average Americans' lives before Senator Johnson's "Victims of Government" campaign comes to an end.
Killing America, one American at a time.
Martial law cuts both ways.
The power to destroy, especially the power to destroy not the guilty, but the innocent, is like crack cocaine for these bureaucrats.
When martial law is declared, many, many people will no longer have a good reason to remain law abiding citizens.
After that, Katy, bar the door.
Amen to that and all the binders will be off. When a man has noting to lose there is no telling what he will do.
A $2.00 bounty on EPA and other obnoxious bureaucrats.
They only care about their paperwork and none of them want to go through all the paperwork to turn around even an obvious injustice like this man is going through.
As far as those bureaucrats are concerned, if their paperwork says up is down, they are perfectly content with leaving it that way because their effort to fix it is more work than they want to do. They really don't care if people are getting screwed.
Public Servants... My Ass!
Hmm...there may be more to it than that — possibly crony capitalism. A property developer is developing a nearby tract of land...somehow it was ruled not a wetland.
If building one lake is destroying wetlands (which technically it is - it goes from being surface land to surface water), then building any lake is destroying wetlands. Have others who have been similarly hassled? I don’t think so....