Skip to comments.EPA land grab? Agency claims authority over more streams, wetlands
Posted on 03/25/2014 3:37:58 PM PDT by jazusamo
In what critics are describing as a government land grab, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a change Tuesday to the Clean Water Act that would give it regulatory authority over temporary wetlands and waterways.
The proposal immediately sparked concerns that the regulatory power could extend into seasonal ponds, streams and ditches, including those on private property.
"The ... rule may be one of the most significant private property grabs in U.S. history," said Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
The EPA proposal would apply pollution regulations to the country's so-called "intermittent and ephemeral streams and wetlands" -- which are created during wet seasons, or simply after it rains, but are temporary.
At issue is whether the smaller streams and wetlands are indeed part of the "waters of the United States."
The Supreme Court ruled on the issue in 2001 and 2006. The second ruling restricted the federal government's authority by stating such waters must be "relatively" permanent or continuously flowing and sizeable, like "oceans, rivers, streams and lakes."
In defending the proposed change, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that determining Clean Water Act protection for streams and wetlands became "confusing and complex" following the high court decisions.
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Yep. More to come since MORON voters voted in Democrats.
The EPA’s demise should be the first act of a new president and a Republican Congress.
AMEN to that!
ENUMERATED POWERS! It ain’t rocket science. Even a cursory reading of the US Constitution demonstrates that the EPA is outside the legal boundaries of fedgov authority.
We have let this happen by way of 100 years of allowing ourselves to be hoodwinked by criminal elitists and blowhard do-gooders who are content to take this nation down the socialist rabbit hole, one step, one inch at a time.
It’s well past time to put a stop to it. I pray we can still recover the greatness that was America.
For the list.
Agenda 21 is a direct assault on private property rights and American sovereignty
Thanks Army Air Corps
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Congress could stop this crap, if they had the desire to do so.
Yes, and this “seasonal” thing will affect most everyone in this nation living in rural areas.
R-I-G-H-T. We’ve had (R) control of D.C., HOW many times since 1980, and all we’ve gotten have been: TSA, DHS, NSA, NCLB....
I haven’t heard word ONE, for many a year, about abolishing the DOEd, let alone any other Department (aside from what Perry could remember *rolls eyes*)
Every other year, all that’s talked....is lip service. Vocal noise to get elected and fill their own pockets with the $$ of the We the People.
Agenda 21...Agenda 21! They can’t get it through Congress so they will try anything they can to steal our land with “regulations”.
Don’t spit in your back yard. It will be declared a wetland.
I agree. It’s the main reason why none of us support the RNC any longer. It’s why we think of the GOP as a joke, even though most of us came into the GOP as youth, and remained here.
There is no GOP any longer, unless it now stands for Grand Old Pretenders.
The next Republican power position MUST find massive action to defund the Left’s income streams, and begin the demolition of the present social network in the United States.
Over the next 40 years, all of it needs to be returned to the private sector. This federal government is living on borrowed time. What’s more, it knows it.
That’s why it is buying up all the ammo. It doesn’t intend to listen to the will of the people. It intends to hold on to it’s power by force if it has to.
Does desire = balls?
Quite often, the GOP can be our # 1 enemy.
When Richard Nixon was president, the EPA and the BATF came into existence. Thanks for nothing, Mr. President.
Only one solution: Shut down (or radically diminish) the EPA.