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 the 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 that 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. Proof lies in the story of Dexter Lutter, which you can read about on this link.
If you want to know how extreme the EPA is, read about this attack on oil and gas. Remember the case of the Sacketts who wanted to build their dream home? How about the time they fined companies for non-existent fuels? How about the ongoing land grabs to save the Mississippi Gopher Frog?
No one will be able to build anything on one’s own private property without EPA approval if this goes through. The fine for not obliging is $37,500 per day.
The EPA is run by extremists in the environmental justice movement. Some states have been fighting back. Read about that side story on this link.
The EPA attempted to seize control over large bodies of water in Virginia recently. It was stopped, but without Ken Cuccinelli to fight it, and with the opportunists and far-leftists now in charge, it is likely they will now succeed. Read more on this link.
The Environmental Protection Agency has long embodied the worst regulatory extremism found in the federal bureaucracy.
EPA’s Gina McCarthy, who fits right in, is orchestrating this new regulatory power. She is not there for balance, she is there to take control over private property in the United States.
The rule she has proposed, which was not based on a review by the agency’s scientific board, will give the EPA power over all land with any water on it, even prairie potholes if she so chooses.
McCarthy claims she will have a final review by the Scientific Advisory Board but, despite many good choices, she has stacked half the board with people who received EPA grants in the last 10 years (Bunkerville).
The rule will be costly and businesses are deeply concerned. Any building you attempt on your property will require federal permission.
The EPA rule, “Water Body Connectivity Report”, attempts to remove the word ‘navigable’ from ‘navigable waters of the United States and replace it with ‘connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters to determine the authority and reach of the Clean Water Authority.
Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Chris Stewart (R-Utah) sent a letter on October 21st to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raising concerns over a new draft rule to greatly expand the agency’s regulatory authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
They wrote that under this new rule, which is legislation under the guise of a rule, the EPA could expand its regulatory authority ‘to include even the most isolated wetlands, streams, and ditches.’
This alarming reinterpretation of EPA power would give them control over almost all private property throughout the United States. [Remember Governor O’Malley’s tax on rainwater that falls on some property in Maryland?]
I reported on this October 22nd and you can read more on this link. The EPA could regard puddles as a reason to regulate your property.
Listen to this video with Judge Napolitano:
Gina McCarthy is a Massachusetts extremist who will eagerly ignore Congress and the Constitution:
From the Federal Register [we had better start reading the Register regularly]:
Notification of a Public Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Panel for the Review of the EPA Water Body Connectivity Report
The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office announces a public meeting of the SAB Panel to conduct a review of the EPA draft report, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence (September 2013 External Review Draft, EPA/600/R-11/098B).
The public meeting will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, December 18, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
The public meeting will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, NW., Washington, DC 20005.