Puddle Power Grab – EPA declares authority over all

May 12, 2011 04:47

The EPA’s ambitions are bad policy: bad for business, bad for agriculture, bad for energy development, and bad for constitutionally guaranteed property rights and personal liberties. Largely thanks to government policies, food and fuel costs are reaching record levels.

By Jerry Shenk at American Thinker


But with the American media preoccupied with a royal wedding and the assassination of Osama bin Laden, almost nobody seems to have noticed when late last month an important announcement was made by the Environmental Protection Agency:

If implemented, EPA guidelines will allow the agency to decide the extent of their jurisdiction over every body of water of any size and eventually result in binding regulations that will affect us all.

The bill had nothing to do with clean water or restoration. HR 2421 was written to give the Army Corps of Engineers and, especially, the Environmental Protection Agency control of all American watersheds. Since all land is in a watershed, the result would have put national land use policy in the hands of the central government.

The Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to rewrite the Clean Water Act of 1972 and overthrow the SWANCC and Rapanos Supreme Court Decisions of 2001 and 2006, all of which limited federal land jurisdiction to navigable waters.

There is but one potential upside to the EPA’s usurpation of power. It’s May. Yard work beckons. If your yard has one or more low spots which retain water after rainstorms, the EPA could theoretically declare your property a wetland and prohibit mowing to preserve aquatic ecosystems. Really.


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