Skip to comments.Pressure builds against EPA water proposal
Posted on 07/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT by george76
Proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act have roiled farmers across the nation and created an uproar among many other water usersincluding cities and counties with parks and recreation areas, golf courses and local water agencies. If adopted, the proposed rule changes would expand the definition of "waters of the United States" to potentially allow federal agencies to regulate virtually every area of ground in the nation that gets wet or has flow during rainfall.
California Farm Bureau Federation leaders were in Washington, D.C., in mid-May to explain to lawmakers face to face the damage the proposed changes could have on food production.
The Clean Water Act was signed into law in 1972 to protect the nation's "navigable" waters from pollution. The current proposal to amend the act would greatly expand EPA's regulatory powers. Farm policy experts say Congress gave states, not the EPA, primary responsibility for land use oversight.
Farm Bureau, together with dozens of other business groups, is protesting the proposed changes.
Farmers and ranchers say the proposal would expand regulatory authority to many common land features including puddles, ponds, ditches, and temporary and small wetlands. The proposal would give federal agencies power to regulate and potentially prohibit many common land-use and farming practices on or near privately owned land.
"If more people knew how regulators want to require permits for common activities on dry land, or penalize landowners for not getting them, they would be outraged," AFBF President Bob Stallman said, noting that the proposal "broadly expands federal jurisdiction and threatens local land-use and zoning authority."
Stallman described the EPA proposal as "an end-run around Congress and the Supreme Court."
"EPA is deliberately misleading the regulated community about the impacts on land use," Stallman said.
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The EPA is an agency that should not be in existence. Its only purpose is to further its own existence.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. From the Declaration of Independence. How can one better describe the EPA and its existence? We need another American Revolution, and it is coming should this continue.
Congress willingly cedes more and more power to these faceless bureaucracies.
These agencies are out of control.
So, you have to ask yourself “Why are they doing that?”. My theory is that by doing so, the leadership of both parties understand that they only have to win one election - the presidency. After that, it’s’ simply a matter of executive orders, the Constitution be damned.
So combine this with the EPA’s recent declaration that it can seize bank accounts and assets without due process. What do you get?
By definition, there is no restriction upon the “Environmental Protection Agency” because it is an infinite job description. EVERYTHING affects the environment and especially, within the mind predilection of those who desire to work there, ANYTHING done by man has a deleterious effect and must be regulated. This current effort is just a natural outgrowth from their mission statement and further actions will become ever more intrusive until the last bureaucrat exits an uninhabited (by humans) planet!
Its only purpose is to further its own existence.
False. Its purpose was to transfer wealth into the hands of its globalist corporate sponsors while impoverishing the American middle class into dependency and servitude.
Can I get half credit?
regulate virtually every area of ground in the nation that gets wet or has flow during rainfall. ...
It is worse than this...
They want to establish here in California ( because of the Drought) Regs to limit how much water you can pump from your well as the water table is dropping from “Over use”...meanwhile they continue to dump water from dams for the
spotted pissant etc.
LOL, only if you do the remedial reading, upon which there will be a test next week. ;-)
Pass the test and you'll get full credit.
<>Congress willingly cedes more and more power to these faceless bureaucracies.<>
Which makes we wonder why I should participate in a sham republican government every two years.
Why are they doing that?.
It is in their electoral interest. Every constituent helped to deal with an out of control agency is worth at least one, and probably several more votes.
Our congress-clowns get to claim credit for solving problems they create. Quite a racket.
AS, you know that human life isn’t “sustainable!”
>> “Stallman described the EPA proposal as ‘an end-run around Congress and the Supreme Court’.” <<
Stallman is quite correct.
Actually, I doubt even you know that E-S. ;)
However, that is what we’re repeatedly told that our govt high priests currently enforcing their neo-pagan dogma. And as such, in violation of the 1st Amendment. But don’t expect any court to adjudicate it that way. It will take something much less formal to set it aright.
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