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  • Trump Administration Repeals Federal Protections on Puddles, Dry Stream Beds, Some Ditches. Hysterical reactions greet the White House's modest changes to federal clean water rules.

    01/25/2020 5:46:05 PM PST · by karpov · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | January 24, 2020 | Christian Britschgi
    Another day, another barrage of hysterical reactions to a marginal regulatory reform. The latest cause for concern is the White House's finalized clean water rule that renounces the federal government's ability to regulate ponds, puddles, and (some) ditches. Yesterday's regulation replaces the prior Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule issued by the Obama administration in 2015. The Obama-era rule was controversial from the get-go, with multiple Red states filing legal challenges claiming it exceeded the federal government's authority to regulate water pollution. A slew of federal court rulings stayed the implementation of the rule in over half the states....
  • Trump Rolls Back 'One of the Most Ridiculous Regulations of All' from Obama Era (WOTUS)

    01/24/2020 10:02:49 AM PST · by rktman · 14 replies
    westernjournal.com ^ | 1/23/2020 | Chris White
    The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule Thursday afternoon scaling back an Obama-era regulation farmers and energy producers claimed saddled them with unnecessary burdens. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the rule change in Las Vegas, effectively hemming in a regulation restricting the use of fertilizers and pesticides. President Donald Trump promised to repeal his predecessorís ďWaters of the United StatesĒ policy when he was running in 2016. Rolling back WOTUS saves landowners, farmers and businesses from being forced to hire ďteams of attorneys to tell them how to use their own land,Ē Wheeler told reporters at a meeting of the...
  • Oregon Congressman Greg Walden cheers Trumpís move to lift water protections (WOTUS)

    01/24/2020 6:33:42 AM PST · by Rio · 6 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 1/23/2020 | Ellen Knickmeyer, AP
    The Trump administration lifted federal protections Thursday for some of the nationís millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. The changes will scale back which waterways qualify for protection against pollution and development under the half-century-old Clean Water Act. President Donald Trump has made a priority of the rollback of clean-water protections from his first weeks in office. Trump says he is targeting federal rules and regulations that impose unnecessary burdens on businesses.
  • California Farmer Fights Government Claim That Dirt Is a Pollutant

    12/04/2019 2:12:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 3, 2019 | Kevin Mooney
    No one told Jack LaPant that he could be in violation of the Clean Water Act for farming his own land. Thatís mostly because the federal law includes a clear exemption for ďnormalĒ farming activities. But itís also because the government officials LaPant consulted didnít view overturned dirt that has been tilled and plowed as pollution. In 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers, which administers the Clean Water Act with the Environmental Protection Agency, began legal action against LaPant for plowing he did in 2011 to plant wheat on a ranch property he owned in Northern California. But in March...
  • Wyoming delegation applauds repeal of Waters of the United States rule

    09/12/2019 8:21:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., applauded the Environmental Protection Agency for announcing final plans to repeal and replace the Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. "I am glad the administration is repealing the excessively burdensome Waters of the United States rule, which was a massive regulatory overreach that should have never been allowed in the first place," Enzi said. "This rule gave the federal government power to regulate nearly every creek or pond. States know best how to manage our resources. This announcement is good news for...
  • DuBois column - BLMís westward trek and enviros losing water battle

    09/04/2019 8:15:22 AM PDT · by cowpoke · 8 replies
    New Mexico Stockman ^ | 9/4/2019 | Frank DuBois
    BLMís westward trek and enviros losing water battle Moveíem out The Department of Interior is moving forward with their plan to relocate the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Grand Junction, Colorado. The reorganization would have the top twenty-seven BLM positions make the move to Grand Junction while three hundred or so will be assigned to various positions in the West. Sixty-one positions will remain in D.C. The plan to move BLM headquarters is vehemently opposed by the environmental lobby groups, which means, guess what, it is opposed by the Democrats in Congress. Leading the pack...
  • Court declares Obamaís EPA ďWaters of the United States RuleĒ unlawful

    08/28/2019 10:44:43 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Aug 24, 2019 | Leslie Eastman
    U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood has handed a victory to the state of Georgia and nine other states that sued the federal government (and to the rest of the nation) by declaring that the WOTUS Rule is unlawful. Wood stated that the rule, which was intended to provide better protection of the nationís water, violated the Clean Water Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, and she remanded it back to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers for further work. She wrote that while the agencies have authority to interpret the phrase ďwaters of the United...
  • This Vet Imprisoned for Digging Ponds on His Land Died. Now His Widow Continues the Fight.

    05/19/2019 5:05:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 62 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 19, 2019 | Kevin Mooney
    The name of a Navy veteran may be cleared after he was convicted, fined, and imprisoned for digging ponds in a wooded area near his Montana home, to supply water in case of fire. The Supreme Court has vacated a lower court ruling against Joe Robertson, who was sent to federal prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution through deductions from his Social Security checks. Any definitive legal victory for Robertson would be posthumous, since he died March 18 at age 80. But his lawyers describe the Supreme Courtís action as a ďbig winĒ for Robertsonís widow, Carrie, who...
  • Nearly A Dozen More States Win An Injunction Against Obamaís WOTUS Rule

    06/11/2018 2:11:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    TheDailyCaller ^ | 6/11/18 | Tim Pearce
    A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to 11 more states against former President Barack Obamaís Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule Friday, Politico reported. A federal judge in North Dakota exempted 13 other states from the rule in 2015 after the rule was finalized. Fridayís wave of injunctions, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of Georgiaís Southern District, symbolizes the growing opposition to the rule. ďThe WOTUS rules are a blatant power grab by the EPA,Ē Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said in a June 2017 statement. ďThe federal government exceeded its statutory authority...
  • EPA Director Pruitt looks to rescind Obama-era ĎWaters of the U.S.í regulation

    07/26/2017 2:06:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 26, 2017 | Valerie Richardson
    Federal Register proposal comes days after Trump administration moves to repeal of federal fracking ruleThe Trump administration formally acted Wednesday to repeal the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, dealing another blow to the Obama-era environmental regulatory regime. The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Army announced that the proposed WOTUS withdrawal would be published Thursday in the Federal Register, launching the 30-day comment period. In addition to rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Rule, the agencies said they will also reevaluate the definition of ďwaters of the United States,Ē in keeping with President TrumpĎs Feb. 28 executive order....
  • American Farm Bureau jumps into Duarte fight

    07/26/2017 12:02:06 PM PDT · by ptsal · 7 replies
    Wine Industry Insight ^ | JULY 26, 2017 | ZIPPY DUVALL
    [snip] American Farm Bureau Federation,I have closely followed the Duarte Nursery v. Army Corps of Engineers case...Mr. Duarte is facing trial in federal court in California....facing $2.8-million in penalties...
  • Trumpís WOTUS Repeal Has Yet to Help Modesto Farmer Who Faces $2.8 Million Fine for Plowing

    07/02/2017 3:29:15 PM PDT · by ptsal · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 07/01/2017 | Susan Crabtree
    John Duarte, a fourth-generation California farmer, was disappointed this week when President Trump's repeal of the Waters of the United States rule didn't translate into immediate legal relief from an Obama administration's environmental case against him. Duarte says he has spent $2 million and five years fighting charges that he violated provisions of the Clean Water Act by plowing too deeply on watery areas of a 450-acre parcel of land he purchased to grow winter wheat for at least one year. ========== "I'm still trying to figure out how a plowing method that doesn't not move soil," Duarte said, referring...
  • FACT CHECK: Huffington Post Claims Water Rule Protects 117 Million Peopleís Drinking Water

    06/29/2017 9:18:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6/29/2017 | Holmes Lybrand
    The Huffington Post claimed Wednesday the EPA will ďdismantle [a] rule that protects drinking water for 117 million.Ē Verdict: False The rule in question, known as the Clean Water Rule or the Waters of the United States rule, is not in effect and is therefore not protecting drinking water for anyone.
  • Duarte hopes Trumpís order will ease harrowing experience against feds in court

    05/26/2017 8:57:17 AM PDT · by ptsal · 17 replies
    Modesto Bee ^ | 05-24-2017 | Jeff Jardine
    When President Trump signed an executive order in February to review President Obamaís ďWaters of the United StatesĒ rule, Hughson farmer John Duarte finally felt like the governmentís case against him could be, well, plowed under. I wrote about Duarte in January 2016 as his legal fight with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intensified and headed into federal court. But the feds won that round. A judge in June 2016 sided with the Army Corps, and now the case will proceed to the penalty phase in August. The government wants Duarte to pay $2.8 million in fines and up...
  • President Trump Eliminates Obama Administrationís Waters of the U.S. Rule

    03/01/2017 2:35:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    KVRR ^ | February 28, 2017 | TJ Nelson
    Both U.S. Senators from North Dakota were on hand as Mr. Trump signed his order to eliminate the Obama Administration's Waters of the U.S. rule WASHINGTON D.C. ó President Trump has signed another executive order that will impact farmers and ranchers. Both U.S. Senators from North Dakota were on hand as Mr. Trump signed his order to eliminate the Obama Administrationís Waters of the U.S. rule. Senator Heitkamp says itís time for Congress to act by giving the EPA direction on what water is jurisdictional under the Clean Water Act. Senator Hoeven says the rule was a regulatory overreach that...
  • Trump To Order Reversal Of Obama Water Regulation Rule: Official

    02/25/2017 7:12:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a measure as early as Tuesday aimed at rescinding a major Obama administration water regulation and direct an end to the government's defense of the rule, a Trump official briefed on the plan said late Friday. Trump is expected to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which expands the number of waterways that are federally protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule was finalized by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May 2015, and was blocked by a...
  • Sen. Cruz: This Is an Important Step Toward Curbing the Federal Governmentís Intrusion on States

    10/10/2015 7:12:26 AM PDT · by Isara · 72 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | October 9, 2015
    WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚ÄĒ U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today released the following statement upon the 6th Circuit‚Äôs stay on the ‚ÄúWaters of the United States‚ÄĚ rule, which allows litigation over the legality of the rule to proceed before implementation:‚ÄúThe 6th Circuit‚Äôs order to halt implementation of the EPA‚Äôs new ‚ÄėWaters of the United States‚Äô rule is a win for all Americans, but especially for farmers, ranchers, and landowners in the state of Texas. Today‚Äôs order is also an important step toward curbing the federal government‚Äôs relentless intrusion on the states‚ÄĒpower grabs that have become standard practice for President Obama‚Äôs EPA....
  • Clean Water Act: Report details how agencies expand authority

    10/01/2016 5:27:55 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    AgAlert ^ | September 28, 2016 | Dave Kranz
    Emphasizing the need for congressional action, farm groups renewed their call for reform of Clean Water Act enforcement, following release of a report documenting how federal agencies overreach their authority to regulate farmland. The report, issued last week by the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, describes numerous incidents in which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency have tried to expand their authority to regulate what crops farmers grow and how they grow them, based on the agencies' interpretation of the act.
  • Federal Government Says a Farmer Broke the Law by Plowing His Land

    07/03/2016 7:36:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 68 replies
    Freedomworks ^ | June 29, 2016 | Kenny Stein
    Earlier this month a federal court in California ruled that a farmer plowing his land without a permit from the federal government is breaking the law. In 2013, the Army Corps of Engineers, without any notice or due process, ordered the owners of Duarte Nursery to cease use of their land for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act (CWA). The violation: plowing. The California court agreed with the federal governmentís action, despite the fact the CWA specifically exempts normal agricultural activities like plowing from regulation. This overreaching assertion of federal power is not an isolated incident. For decades, the EPA...
  • E.P.A. Broke the Law by Using Social Media to Push Water Rule, Auditor Finds

    12/14/2015 11:52:00 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 12/14/2015 | ERIC LIPTON and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON ‚ÄĒ The Environmental Protection Agency engaged in ‚Äúcovert propaganda‚ÄĚ in violation of federal law when it blitzed social media to urge the general public to support President Obama‚Äôs controversial rule intended to better protect the nation‚Äôs streams and surface waters, congressional auditors have concluded. The ruling by the Government Accountability Office, which opened its investigation after a report in The New York Times on the agency‚Äôs practices, served as a cautionary tale to federal agencies about the perils of getting too active in using social media to push a cause. Federal laws prohibit agencies from engaging in lobbying and...