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  • Sixth Circuit Court Court blocks Obama’s EPA water rule nationwide

    10/09/2015 2:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/2015 | By Timothy Cama
    A federal court ruled Friday that President Obama’s regulation to protect small waterways from pollution cannot be enforced nationwide. In a 2-1 ruling, the Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered a stinging defeat to Obama’s most ambitious effort to keep streams and wetlands clean, saying it looks likely that the rule, dubbed Waters of the United States, is illegal. “We conclude that petitioners have demonstrated a substantial possibility of success on the merits of their claims,” the judges wrote in their decision, explaining that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new guidelines for determining whether water is subject...
  • Breaking: Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals puts a NATIONAL stay on Obama’s EPA Water Power Grab

    10/09/2015 9:51:15 AM PDT · by 100American · 18 replies
    Redstate ^ | ctober 9th, 2015 at 12:30 PM | Moe Lane
    OK, here’s the background. Once upon a time, the Obama administration decided to implement a ruling – without the input of Congress, mind you – that defined ““waters of the U.S.” to include virtually any wet area — even a rain-fed temporary pool — that is close to any other body of water with a physical connection to a navigable waterway.” As you can imagine, this was and is a massive attempt to extend the reach of the regulatory State into areas that they do not traditionally have the ability to go into. By making essentially all waters federal waters,...
  • 'Regulatory War’ Fought Over a Wyoming Family’s Pond

    09/18/2015 4:27:00 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09/18/2015 | JACK HEALY
    --snip-- In a January 2014 violation notice, the agency said Mr. Johnson had violated the Clean Water Act by digging out Six Mile Creek and dumping in tons of river rocks without getting necessary federal permits. The agency ordered him to take steps to restore the creek under the supervision of environmental officials, or face accumulating fines of as much as $37,500 a day. Mr. Johnson refused. He argued that he had gotten full approvals from Wyoming officials, and said the federal government had no business using national water laws to make decisions about the creek that meanders through the...
  • EPA says new clean water rules are still in effect even though judge suspended them

    08/29/2015 5:06:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The very same crew which recently dumped three million gallons of toxic sludge out of an abandoned mine and turned the Animas River in Colorado the color of a yellow banded poison dart frog for roughly a week has just issued a whole new set of rules to “protect” small pools of water. They would also like you to know that these rules are going into effect even though a federal judge put them on hold in 13 states, too. This new batch of regulations is going to “protect” bodies of water which may include the ditch in front...
  • Rep. Kevin Cramer on EPA’s Attempted Waterway Grab: ‘Private Property Rights Are What’s at Stake’

    08/30/2015 7:21:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/30/2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reacted to a recent injunction that blocked a new regulation that would have granted the federal government jurisdiction over some waterways across the United States. “I wasn’t surprised by the injunction even though other courts were sort of failing to see the logic of states’ cases in other filings,” Cramer exclusively told Breitbart News. On Friday, North Dakota’s U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ordered a temporary injunction against the Obama administration’s rule, which would grant the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the Army Corps of Engineers, authority over...
  • Judge blocks EPA water rule; EPA say they will defy injunction

    08/28/2015 7:46:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies ^ | 8/28/2015 | Rick Moran
    A federal judge has ruled that a controversial regulation that would give the Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction over small streams and ditches is bureaucratic overreach and has halted the implementation of the rule. The judge was not pleased with the EPA, who said they would go ahead and implement the regulation in the 37 states that did not sue to end it.
  • Judge rules Obama administration water rule should be halted

    08/28/2015 3:28:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 27, 2015 7:15 PM EDT
    A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some smaller waterways just hours before it was set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states halting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from regulating some small streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule, which has prompted fierce criticism from farmers among others, was scheduled to take effect Friday. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne...
  • Judge blocks Obama EPA rule as federal power grab over state waters

    08/27/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2015 | James MacPherson - Associated Press
    BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday blocked a new Obama administration rule that would give the federal government jurisdiction over some state waterways. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson of North Dakota issued a temporary injunction against a the rule, which gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely,” Judge Erickson said in blocking the rule from taking effect....
  • Pacific Legal Foundation sues the Corps and EPA over WOTUS on behalf of the WCA

    07/17/2015 7:05:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Washington Cattlemen's Association ^ | July 16, 2015 | Jack Field
    Today we filed our complaint in the Federal District Court of Minnesota challenging the Corps and EPA’s extreme rule redefining “waters of the United States” subject to federal control under the Clean Water Act, and other laws. The case is entitled Washington Cattlemen’s Association, et al. v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al,. ... We represent ranchers, farmers and private parties from 5 different states arguing the new rule violates the Clean Water Act itself, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, and exceeds federal power under the Constitution. The new rule covers virtually all waters in the U.S. and much...
  • States sue to block Obama's water rule

    06/29/2015 10:14:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 29, 2015 | Timothy Cama
    Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi sued the Obama administration Monday to stop a new regulation asserting federal authority over minor waterways like streams and wetlands. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of the most controversial regulations from the Obama administration, redefining how the EPA enforces the water pollution protections of the Clean Water Act. In the lawsuit, filed in a Houston-based federal court, the states argue that the rule “is an unconstitutional and impermissible expansion of federal power over the states and their citizens and property owners.” The states’ attorneys general — all Republican — said the...
  • Obama goes after the farmers

    06/01/2015 3:16:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2015 | Joseph Curl
    OPINION/ANALYSIS:Farmers are now the bad guys. President Obama’s administration last week claimed dominion over all of America’s streams, creeks, rills, ditches, brooks, rivulets, burns, tributaries, criks, wetlands — perhaps even puddles — in a sweeping move to assert unilateral federal authority. The New York Times had a wonderful take on the power grab, saying the move “opened up a broad new front for attacks from business interests like farmers, property developers, fertilizer and pesticide makers, oil and gas producers and golf course owners, who contend that the rule would stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners’ rights.” Those, according...
  • Using the King’s Star Chamber to Smackdown Private Property Rights

    05/30/2015 2:44:20 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/30/15 | W.R. McAfee
    Control the water, control the land This is the largest, illegal, private property land grab in U.S. history Good EPA “laws” (read: “rules”, “regulations”) are long extinct, but if you had to pick one it would be the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA) passed by congress four years after the Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire (Images for cuyahoga river fire burning—it wasn’t the first time) because of the pollution in it. The Act authorized the clean-up of this kind of mess in America’s navigable lakes, rivers, and streams, and prohibited further dumping of dangerous industrial chemicals, waste, and other...
  • The Government’s New Power Grab [EPA, Corps of Engineers]

    05/17/2015 9:17:18 PM PDT · by upchuck · 13 replies
    daily signal ^ | May 16, 2015 | Daren Bakst
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a new rule to define “waters of the United States.” This definition is supposed to clarify what “waters” are covered under the Clean Water Act and therefore what these two agencies can regulate. Most people would consider a water body to be a river, a lake, maybe even a pond. But the feds are casting their nets much wider than that. Their proposal could cover almost any type of water. Almost all ditches, including man-made ditches, could be regulated. Depressions in land that only sometimes have water in...

    05/13/2015 10:16:13 PM PDT · by Syncro · 10 replies
    CongressmanRaúl Labrador House Gov ^ | Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | CongressmanRaúl Labrador, R-Idaho
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday | May 12, 2015 A bill backed by Rep. Labrador would send EPA and the Army Corps back to the drawing board WASHINGTON, D.C. – A measure forcing the Obama Administration to withdraw its “waters of the United States” rule cleared the House Tuesday on a bipartisan 261-155 vote. Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, is an original cosponsor of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act. Labrador has been working since last year on a legislative remedy, which now heads to the Senate. H.R. 1732 would require the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers to...
  • Republicans Slam EPA Over Rule Change, Claim Power Grab

    02/13/2015 7:31:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 12, 2015 | Rob Langley
    But Dems say GOP needs to stop grandstanding: “We don’t want to regulate a puddle,” Boxer said. “That’s ridiculous.” House and Senate Republicans grilled Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy last week over a plan they say could give the agency control of “just about any place where water collects,” in the words of Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.).That’s just not so, says McCarthy, who claims the proposal by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would simply clarify the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the kinds of waterways that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction. In fact, she said,...
  • GOP secures environmental policy riders on grouse, Clean Water Act in spending bill

    12/10/2014 8:06:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Included in the massive, $1.1 trillion bill unveiled late Tuesday that would fund most of the government through next fall are several policy “riders” on energy and the environment supported by Republicans, adding fuel to what is already shaping up to be a fight between the GOP and the Obama administration over environmental policies next year. Republicans said the spending bill stops the listing of the sage-grouse as an endangered species — a move by the administration after the midterm elections that Democrats and the GOP alike had criticized. The federal move to protect the bird was seen as having...
  • Business boiled over EPA’s water rule

    11/18/2014 4:36:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Business groups are joining with local government representatives and conservative lawmakers to criticize the Environmental Protection Agency’s water jurisdiction proposal, imploring the Obama administration to rescind it. Opponents of the proposed rule say the EPA’s effort to redefine its authority over creeks, ponds and wetlands is written so broadly that it could put millions of new miles of rivers and streams under federal control, along with ditches, puddles and dry creek beds. Such a change would be a major impediment to commerce, as businesses could suddenly need permits for all manner of routine activities like building fences or digging ditches,...
  • “Waters of the United States” — the ultimate power grab

    11/14/2014 1:10:47 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 20 replies
    Pacific Legal Foundation ^ | November 10, 2014 | Reed Hopper
    The Clean Water Act prohibits certain discharges to “navigable waters” without a federal permit. The Act defines “navigable waters” as “waters of the United States” which the Corps and EPA originally took to mean traditional navigable waters that could be used in interstate commerce. This is important because the Clean Water Act is based on the commerce power. By definition, regulation of waters under the Act must be necessary to and in furtherance of interstate commerce. But it didn’t take long before the agencies started pushing the envelope on federal jurisdiction claiming regulatory authority over wetlands and other nonnavigable waters...
  • Proposed Water Rule Could Put ‘Property Rights of Every American Entirely at the Mercy’ of EPA

    11/12/2014 7:44:01 AM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | November 12, 2014 | Ron Arnold
    It seems incredible, but a single missing word could turn a water law into a government land grab so horrendous even a U.S. Supreme Court justice warned it would “put the property rights of every American entirely at the mercy of Environmental Protection Agency employees.” The missing word is “navigable.” The Obama administration is proposing a rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act,” which would strike “navigable” from American water law and redefine any piece of land that is wet at least part of the year, no matter how remote or isolated it...
  • CO: Secret EPA Water Maps Released

    09/03/2014 11:24:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Watchdog Wire - Colorado ^ | August 27, 2014 | Joshua Sharf
    Secret EPA water maps obtained by the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology graphically show the increase reach of the EPA’s regulatory authority over Colorado’s waters under proposed rules supported by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder). The maps were drawn up in October 2013, but were only turned over to the Committee today. There is some dispute as to whether the maps relate to the Agency’s proposed Waters of the US Rules, which would bring intermittent and ephemeral waters under the agency’s control. The maps clearly delineate those waters, and were produced at the insistence of the Committee
  • Maps Reveal EPA Water Grab in Maryland

    09/01/2014 6:22:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Watchdog Wire ^ | August 28, 2014 | Mark Newgent
    EPA would regulate most Md waters . A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ... The proposed Waters of the United States rule, which would give the EPA jurisdiction over millions of miles of streams across the United States under the Clean Water Act, has generated bipartisan backlash in both chambers of Congress. A letter to the EPA from Democratic and Republican House members stated, “Although your agencies have maintained that the rule is narrow and clarifies CWA jurisdiction, it in face aggressively expands federal authority under the CWA while bypassing Congress and creating unnecessary ambiguity.” The...
  • Report: EPA Exceeds Its Authority With Proposed Rules

    08/20/2014 8:15:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 19, 2014 | Peter Fricke
    Congress should use the appropriations process to reassert its authority over the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a Heritage Foundation issue brief released Tuesday.The report, written by scholar Daren Bakst, identifies three issues on which the EPA has proposed rules and regulations that exceed its authority. In all three cases, Bakst recommends that Congress prohibit the agency from using its funding to implement the proposals. (RELATED: EPA Overrides Congress, Hands Over Town to Indian Tribes)According to the report, “the EPA is using the regulatory process to require greenhouse gas emission reductions even as Congress has been unwilling to take such...
  • Pressure builds against EPA water proposal

    07/15/2014 9:49:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    California Farm Bureau Federation ^ | June 18, 2014 | Kate Campbell
    Proposed changes to the federal Clean Water Act have roiled farmers across the nation and created an uproar among many other water users—including 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...
  • Mesa County Opposes Proposed EPA Water Rules ( Colorado )

    07/15/2014 9:34:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    KREX ^ | 15 Jul 2014 | Angel Russell
    Mesa County Commissioners approved a resolution on Monday to oppose the nationwide Clean Water Act, commonly referred to as Waters of the U.S. ... The proposed nationwide rule would expand the jurisdiction of what waters would be regulated by the federal government. This expansion would include dry washes, roadside ditches, and drainage ditches throughout Mesa County. ... the board of commissioners also expressed their concern since they see no apparent public benefit from the proposed rule
  • New EPA rules may reclassify the meaning of “water”

    06/02/2014 2:34:24 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 18 replies
    Allen West ^ | June 2 2014 | Allen West
    No one wants dirty water, but at a time when our economy is struggling, why is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuing new rules on water which place greater restrictions and financial penalties on law-abiding Americans? The new rules reclassify the meaning of water and expand government intrusion onto private lands. According to a report in the Washington Post, at issue is the definition of federally protected waters. In March, the Environmental Protection Agency pitched new rules meant to clarify and expand its regulatory reach under the Clean Water Act to include small streams, riverbanks, wetlands and floodplains. Gina McCarthy,...
  • WATER POLICY: EPA chief reaches out to farmers on muddled rule proposal

    07/10/2014 8:43:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    E&E ^ | July 9, 2014 | Annie Snider
    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The Obama administration's attempt to assuage farmers' and ranchers' fears about a major Clean Water Act proposal has drawn flak from all corners, forcing the U.S. EPA administrator herself to concede yesterday that there are "legitimate concerns" with the effort. At issue is the interpretive rule for agriculture that the Obama administration released in March in tandem with a major proposal to increase the number of streams and wetlands that receive automatic Clean Water Act protection following years of regulatory uncertainty. Administrator Gina McCarthy said on a call with reporters yesterday that the interpretive rule was intended...
  • Fears of EPA ‘land grab’ create groundswell against water rule

    06/21/2014 12:21:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2014 | Timothy Cama
    Lawmakers are up in arms over an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal that they fear could give federal officials expansive new powers over private property and farmland. The EPA is seeking to redefine what bodies of water fall under the agency’s jurisdiction for controlling pollution. The scope of the final Clean Water Act (CWA) rule is of critical importance, as any area covered would require a federal permit for certain activities. The rule is facing a groundswell of opposition from lawmakers, who fear the EPA is engaged in a “land grab” that could stop farmers and others from building fences,...
  • Ex-EPA official goes off the grid, dodges lawmakers' inquiry into Alaska mine project

    06/12/2014 2:52:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Barnini Chakraborty
    A former EPA official tied to a controversy over allegations of federal overreach at an Alaska mine project has mysteriously gone off the grid, sources tell, complicating lawmakers' efforts to question him. Emails from Phillip North, a now-retired Environmental Protection Agency employee, recently surfaced that seem to show the Alaska-based biologist tried to get the Pebble Mine project killed as far back as 2008. Those emails -- and memos indicating government officials worked early on with tribal leaders and environmental groups to oppose the venture -- raised questions about the agency's claims that when it ultimately vetoed the gold-and-copper...
  • EPA targets couple's private pond in Wyoming, threatens huge fines

    05/19/2014 7:51:11 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | May 19, 2014 | Kelly David Burke
    When Andy and Katie Johnson built a pond on their property in 2011 to provide water for their cattle, they never dreamed it would result in threats of $75,000 a day in fines from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Johnsons believed they had done everything necessary to get permission for the pond, where the tiny Six Mile Creek runs through their property south of Fort Bridger, Wyo. The Wyoming State Engineer's Office provided the permit and even stated in an April 4, 2013 letter to the Johnsons: "All of the legal requirements of the State Engineer's Office, that were your...
  • EPA Unveils ‘Largest Expansion’ of ‘Authority to Regulate Private Property’

    03/26/2014 9:24:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 25, 2014 - 6:09 pm | Bridget Johnson
    The Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled its proposed rule to bring natural and man-made bodies of water big and tiny under the purview of the Clean Water Act, sparking accusations that the administration has embarked on an unprecedented breach of private property rights without scientific basis. This launches a “robust outreach effort” to gather input in shaping a final rule over the next 90 days, the EPA said, maintaining that the rulemaking isn’t groundbreaking but a clarification effort needed to clearly define streams and wetlands protection after Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. […] Senate Environment and Public Works...
  • HURT: $75K a day over a pond: Your corrupt EPA thugs at work

    03/18/2014 3:06:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 18, 2013 | Charles Hurt
    If a man’s home is his castle, then his land is his kingdom. Property boundaries, of course, must be respected, and trespassing across them becomes a legitimate matter of government’s concern. So, too, if you build a huge bonfire that rains toxic ash onto your neighbor’s land. Or hurl water balloons at his house using a giant, rubber-tubing slingshot that requires three people to operate. And as old as the law itself are rules governing the use of water from flowing streams and rivers to ensure that landowners downstream are not denied their right to have and use water for...
  • EPA Administrator to Scientists: “Speak the Truth” on Climate Change to Meet Obama’s “Needs”

    01/30/2014 9:23:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 30, 2014 - 10:06 PM | Penny Starr
    Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asked scientists at a climate change conference on Thursday in Arlington, Va., to help advance President Barack Obama’s agenda on climate change. […] Peter Saundry, executive director of NCSE, introduced McCarthy by noting Obama’s pledge to act unilaterally on climate change. “President Obama has announced that he will work with Congress whenever he can but will not be held hostage—will move forward and do the utmost, we hope, through executive authority and through the agencies,” Saundry said. “The Supreme Court has noted that EPA has authority under (the) Clean Air Act...
  • EPA preparing to unleash a deluge of new regulations

    11/27/2013 12:29:53 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | 2:13 PM 11/27/2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property. On Tuesday, the White House released its regulatory agenda for the fall of 2013. It lists hundreds of pending energy and environmental regulations being crafting by executive branch agencies, including 134 regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency alone. The EPA is currently crafting 134 major and minor regulations, according to the White House’s regulatory agenda. Seventy-six of the EPA’s pending...
  • EPA's 'unprecedented' power grab for private property

    10/19/2013 9:20:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/2013 | Rick Moran
    Two Republican House members have sent a letter to the EPA questioning new rules being formulated that would give the EPA sweeping authority over streams and wetlands on private property. The EPA is justifying the rules by saying it's part of its mandate to enforce the Clean Water Act. But Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Chris Stewart (R-Utah), both ranking members of the Science and Technology Committee, doubt the EPA's science in justifying the regulations and want the agency to slow down and get other opinions.
  • Supreme Court sides with timber industry in logging road runoff dispute

    03/20/2013 8:56:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 56 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | March 20, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with timber interests in a dispute over the regulation of runoff from logging roads in western forests. In a 7-1 vote, the court reversed a federal appeals court ruling that held that muddy water running off roads used in industrial logging is the same as any other industrial pollution, requiring a Clean Water Act permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Farmers trying to stop flood of regulation

    07/08/2012 7:16:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Western Farm Press ^ | July 5, 2012 | by Erin Anthony
    ... Not all guidance is helpful or benevolent. That is particularly true if the guidance is coming from a government regulatory agency. Take, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to expand its regulatory reach under the Clean Water Act to nearly every drop of water, and some dry land, too. Through what’s officially known as a “guidance document,” EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking to remove the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act. That action would allow them to regulate even a roadside ditch that holds water for only a few hours after a big...
  • EPA: California waters show widespread pollution ("problem worse than we thought it was.")

    10/16/2011 9:21:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies ^ | 10/16/11 | Pete Fimrite
    Those bracing dips in the local lake or river may not be as healthy as they were cracked up to be judging by a new list of polluted waterways released last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Recent tests have found more toxic material, bacteria and pollution in California rivers, streams, bays and lakes than has ever been documented before, according to the federal agency. The study shows a 170 percent increase in the number of waterways showing toxicity in 2010 compared with 2006, the last time the study was done. Less than half of the state's lakes, bays...
  • Stop the EPA's Attack on Property Rights

    07/26/2011 12:01:25 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Americans for Prosperty ^ | July 26, 2011 | Phil Kerpen
    President Obama wants to control all the land and all the water in the United States. Legislation that would have deleted the word "navigable" from the federal Clean Water Act and given the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction over every drop of moisture in the country crashed and burned last Congress, ending the 36-year congressional career of its lead sponsor, Jim Oberstar, in the process. But Obama's EPA, as usual, won't take no for an answer, and is now attempting to ignore two Supreme Court decisions, commonsense, and the American people and vastly expand federal Clean Water Act...
  • U.S. House votes to end EPA water pollution oversight

    07/18/2011 12:11:14 PM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    the Charleston Gazette ^ | 7/13/11 | Ken Ward
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fueled by coal industry complaints about the Obama administration's crackdown on mountaintop removal, legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday that would strip federal regulators of their authority to make state agencies properly police water pollution. House members approved the legislation by a vote of 239 to 184. The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and a veto threat from the White House, but its approval by the House provides a symbolic victory for critics of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "The reality is that the agency is strong-arming the states," said Rep....
  • OP/ED: An attack on the EPA and the Clean Water Act

    07/14/2011 2:11:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies ^ | 7/14/11 | Editorial
    Strip-mine rubble dumped into creeks, mercury that builds up in lake fish, and sewage washing up on beaches. What's the best way to control such pollution? For nearly 40 years, the job has gone to Washington, not a crazy-quilt of state jurisdictions. If the country is serious about curbing such threats, it needs steady enforcement by watchful Washington, versed on new scientific findings and mindful that dirty water can drift across state lines. But this stature could be undercut today if the Republican-dominated House approves a bill that would gut the Environmental Protection Agency of its power over states. At...
  • EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Release Draft Guidance (Water Regulations)

    06/16/2011 12:31:45 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Environmental Protection Agency ^ | 5/11/11 | EPA, John Senn
    (New York, N.Y.) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Judith Enck today traveled to New York’s Great Swamp in Brewster, N.Y. to discuss the importance of clean water and a draft guidance developed by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clarify which waters are subject to protection under the Clean Water Act. The future status and condition of the Great Swamp is dependent not only on what happens directly within the swamp, but also on activities within its nearly 100-square-mile watershed, which includes the headwaters of the Housatonic River, the Croton River, Long Island Sound and...
  • EPA changes regulation requiring milk spill plan from dairy farmers

    04/12/2011 7:09:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 12, 2011 | Debra J. Groom
    Washington, D.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to exempt dairy farmers from provisions of the Clean Water Act, U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday. The Clean Water Act since 1970 required dairy farmers to develop and implement plans on how to handle a milk spill -- the same sort of plan as oil companies had to develop for handling oil spills. Schumer said the EPA claimed that since milk contained animal fat -- which is an oil -- the milk spills had to be treated the same way. Schumer said he has fought this regulation because...
  • Upton's Shocking Votes on Energy-Related Bills

    11/29/2010 8:02:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    This week marks the beginning of the end of the long national nightmare known as the 111th Congress.  Republicans were given a second chance—by default—through a national effort to stop the destructive Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda. House Republicans are poised to begin making the same kind of business-as-usual mistakes that relegated the party to minority status in 2006.  The most glaring example is the looming threat of having Rep. Fred Upton (RINO-Mich.) become chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, despite his liberal voting record, simply because he’s next in line.  If there is one thing voters made absolutely clear...
  • Obama Taking Your Land, Your Private Ponds and Streams

    08/15/2010 1:32:32 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 18 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | August 15, 2010 | Maggie M. Thornton
    What is the one natural resource we cannot live without? The answer is water. How do you feel about the government owning and/or controlling ALL of the water in the U.S.? The government wants your pond. And they will get it through numerous manipulative ways. Several times I have reported on the Obama land grabs. Today we learn of one more, and friends, we need to know the difference between "navigable waters" and the "waters of the United States." The culprits are the Great Outdoor Initiative, The Clean Water Act and the Land and Water conservation Fund. Congress has set...
  • EPA Declares L.A. River 'Navigable,' Stretches Regulatory Reach

    07/10/2010 11:42:41 AM PDT · by Outside da Box · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/9/2010 | Paul Quinlan
    Film buffs might recognize the Los Angeles River as the gigantic concrete gutter used for car chases in "Grease," "Terminator 2" and other movies. But the river is something else for U.S. EPA: "a traditional navigable water." EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's declaration of the cement-lined channel today as "navigable" is aimed at allowing her agency to enforce Clean Water Act protections throughout the river's 834-square-mile watershed.
  • Obama Can't Outsource His Incompetence

    06/21/2010 11:28:08 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 12 replies ^ | 6/21/10 | Joy Tiz
    Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Congress enacted the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The OPA amended the Clean Water Act (CWA) §311, including changes to spill response authorities. The language is clear and unambiguous: the President is mandated to take action to clean up the spill and mitigate or prevent damage to the environment. Prior to the amendment, the President had “significant latitude” in outsourcing the clean up. Per the OPA, the President’s removal authority should be carried out through the “creation and implementation of facility and response plans.” §311 further requires that the President issue regulations “establishing procedures,...
  • No federal water micromanagement

    06/14/2010 5:28:33 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 5 replies · 258+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | June 11, 2010 | Bob L. Vice
    Keeping America’s waterways and water supply clean is a crucial goal. So is guarding against federal micromanagement of our lives and property. Unfortunately, a push is on to use the cause of clean water as an excuse to unbalance our federal system and undermine our liberties by concentrating regulation of land use in Washington, D.C. The proposed Clean Water Restoration Act was the first legislative salvo in this campaign. Unveiled in 2007, the CWRA was reintroduced in the Senate last year by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. With a simple semantic change, it would usher in unprecedented centralization by giving federal...
  • Bill would widen Clean Water Act : Opponents see federal power grab

    04/22/2010 8:18:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies · 428+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2010 | Stephen Dinan
    House Democrats pushed forward Wednesday with an effort to delete the word "navigable" from the Clean Water Act - a change that would give the government greater ability to enforce clean-water rules but that opponents said amounts to a federal power grab. "If this bill were to become law, there'd be no body of water in America that wouldn't be at risk of job-killing federal regulation - from farmers' irrigation canals to backyard ponds and streams to mud puddles left by rainstorms," said Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, the ranking Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee. The Waters Advocacy...
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books — the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • Congress Moves To Seize Control Of All U.S. Waters

    10/14/2009 9:26:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 32 replies · 1,602+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 14 October 2009 | American Land Rights Association
    From Bathtubs To Baptismal Fonts, Congress Moves To Give the Corps of Engineers and EPA Control Of All U.S. Waters Issue: Having been slapped down by the U. S. Supreme Court's two recent decisions that the words "navigable waters" in the Clean Water Act limited federal agencies to regulation of navigable waters only. Democrats and liberal Republicans in Congress are striking back. They are attempting to pass the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2009 (No House Number - S 787 In Senate) that would amend the 1972 Clean Water Act and replace the words "navigable waters" with "waters of the...