The EPA water rule allows a Federal government agency to steal land or control it. Congress has abdicated its authority on the issue. These voluminous regulations can bankrupt people and even put them in prison for political mandates and an ideology. This concerns private property, not government land.
As a result of a lawsuit by 18 states, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit granted a nationwide stay against this Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which is intended to “clarify” which bodies of water are covered by the Clean Water Act. They are redefining the definition of “navigable waters” to expand their authority.
The rule was finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May.
The EPA tried to say the rule had to be put in place immediately.
The appellate court said that the 18 states challenging the new standards were unlikely to face immediate irreparable harm from the rule, but there was also no evidence that the nation’s waters would suffer “imminent injury” if the regulation was put on hold.
“A stay allows for a more deliberate determination whether this exercise of executive power … is proper under the dictates of federal law,” the court said in its majority opinion.
Multiple lawsuits have been filed in both federal district and appellate courts since the final rule was issued, raising questions about the proper venue for these cases.
The EPA has put the lawsuit into effect in the other 32 states because they know that once it’s in, it will be hard to stop it, however, the hold is for the entire nation.
This is a massive land grab. Much of the private property being targeted is worthless without water rights. Allowing the government to control private property is leading us into Marxism.