It might be time to talk about abolishing the 9th circuit. They are way out of sync with the majority of Americans.
The government might now have to regulate rain water in the same way they regulate sewage-treatment plants.
The 9th Circuit has said that rainwater draining from forest roads into local streams, rivers and lakes is “point source pollution.”
The EPA is on the record as saying that permits for rainwater is not necessary.
Environmental litigators disagreed with the EPA’s position and filed suit. It ended up in the 9th circuit, which found in their favor.
We had better hope the Supreme Court hears this case.
We really don’t need the government controlling rain water and we can’t afford it.
By instructing the EPA to oversee every ditch and culvert that runs alongside a forest road, the 9th Circuit is subjecting public and private timber landowners to an unnecessary and costly regulatory labyrinth that won’t make water any more suitable for fish and wildlife than it is now. Worse, every project, no matter its insignificance or urgency, will be appealed and litigated by environmental groups that oppose economically productive use of the nation’s forests.
The economic impact of this case is so significant that the attorneys general in 26 states have filed friend-of-the-court briefs urging theSupreme Court to review the decision, as have the Pacific Legal Foundation, famous for its private property rights advocacy, and several forest industry groups that represent forest landowners large and small.Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, also has weighed in, declaring that letting the court’s decision stand “would shut down forestry on private, state and tribal lands” wherever it is applied. Washington Times