The ninety day comment period on one of the biggest land grabs in the United States is coming to a close. The EPA is about to grab power over all lakes, ponds, streams, puddles, ditches and trenches in the United States, including those on private property.
The rule under the Clean Water Act is based on a study loosely based on fact.
“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.
They are claiming that small streams and waterways are part of the “waters of the United States” because all water is connected underground.
The Supreme Court has already ruled against this but that doesn’t stop this administration. They find ways around the Supreme Court of the United States when they fail to act in a way that they want them to act. Their excuse this time is that they are providing definition at the request of environmentalists.
The EPA is redefining the meaning of the word ‘water’ so they can seize control over all water and, as a consequence, all private property in the United States.
The Supreme Court of the United States has defined the meaning of ‘water’ as ‘navigable water.’ The EPA seeks to redefine the meaning of water as all ‘connected water,’ and they are seeking to define ‘connected water as all water, so they can assume power to regulate every body of water in the United States. Any water, even ditches, on private property will be controlled.
The EPA is using a bogus study which says all water is connected to one another deep under the earth. It would mean even puddles, ponds, and ditches along with streams and rivers fall under their jurisdiction. EPA’s Gina McCarthy is an extremist and she is running this show.
This has been in the works since Mr. Obama entered office and it took place under Bill Clinton.
The EPA has long wanted to control property because it has something as insignificant as a ditch on it.
The EPA has already attacked private land owners over ditches. Dexter Lutter who thought he was cleaning up the water supply and creating a healthier environment for years to come faced hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. He cleaned up a manmade ditch. He settled for $11,000 but the precedent was set.
The EPA wants control over all land and water.
The seizures are taking place at a rapid pace throughout the nation. This rule will make it impossible for states to control their land and water.
Vitter attacked the science behind the rule, accusing the EPA of “picking and choosing” its science while trying to “take another step toward outright permitting authority over virtually any wet area in the country.”
He also warned the proposed change, if approved, would open the door for more environmental groups suing private property owners.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, echoed those concerns, saying the change “could result in serious collateral damage to our economy.”
“[I]t appears that the EPA is seeking to dramatically expand its jurisdictional reach under the Clean Water Act,” she said in a statement. The senator added that the change could have a huge impact on Alaska.
“If EPA is not careful, this rule could effectively give the federal government control of nearly all of our state — and prove to be a showstopper for both traditional access and new development,” she said.
Fox News carried the story in March.
We recently posted the story of the Klamath Basin water theft. In that case, the farmers and ranchers owned the water and it was stolen from them under the guise of it being needed for a sucker fish. They turned the land and water involved over to the Indians for now but the government has control. The farmers and ranchers are being squeezed out. Klamath Basin was once a flourishing U.S. breadbasket.
We will continue to see more of this.
EPA head Gina McCarthy has likened pollution to racism. She is in line with Obama who sees all fossil fuels as a threat to existence on earth. She is not transparent and refuses to provide information to Congress. The EPA keeps secret their preparations for rule making which will have a severe impact on the economy.
Vitter, who never receives a response to his emails to her, has said:
“I am concerned that the central functions of the agency have been obfuscated by ideology, frustrated by a severe lack of transparency, undermined by science the agency keeps hidden, and implemented without regard for economic consequences,” Vitter said. “The EPA eschews at all costs economic modeling that would verify the true impacts of the regulatory agenda that now provides this country with the lowest workforce participation rate since the Carter administration. Cost/benefit analyses as required under various executive orders and as required by the Clean Air Act … yet EPA remains intransigent in its opposition to having a transparent economic analysis process.”
McCarthy’s response is she doesn’t conduct business via email and she doesn’t know how to instant message at age 58.
Go here to read more at the EPA.