Gina McCarthy, head of the EPA pictured above, is growing the size of the agency in a way that should make anyone who owns property fearful.
The EPA passed a new rule which allows them to garnish wages if they decide the person they’ve targeted has violated their rules. There will be no clear definition and no court orders.
The EPA can now act as judge, jury and executioner. They won’t allow Congress to intervene. They are taking power they have no right to take. They’ve gone rogue.
With this rule, they are assuming the targets are guilty and it will be up to them to prove their innocence at great expense.
The EPA put the notice about the rule in the Federal Register and claimed that federal law allows the EPA to “garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”
The notice went on to say that the EPA had fast-tracked the new rule, enabling it to take effect September 2 unless the agency receives enough adverse public comments by August 1. The EPA said the rule was not subject to review because it was not a “significant regulatory action.”
The EPA levels huge fines. We are talking tens of thousands of dollars a day in fines.
The EPA claims that the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 gives all federal agencies the power to conduct administrative wage garnishment, provided that the agency allows for hearings at which debtors can challenge the amount or the terms of a repayment schedule.
This hearing they are talking about allows the EPA to decide whether a debtor even gets a chance to present a defense before picking whomever it chooses to serve as a hearing officer.
The deck will be stacked.
This rule would enable them to bankrupt people like Andy and Katie Johnson who built a pond on their property, read about that here. It would mean they could have fine Mike and Chantell Sackett into the poor house, read about that here.
We’ve lost our freedom over our property, we just don’t know it yet.