EPA’s latest power grab is all wet

While our attention is focused on events in the Middle East, one of our own domestic regulators is doing everything in its power to kill the provision of electricity to the nation and, at the same time, to control every drop of water in the United States, an attack on its agricultural sector.  That heavy-handed over regulator is the Environmental Protection Agency.
Like the rest of the Obama administration, it has no regard for real science and continues to reinterpret the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. It has an agenda that threatens every aspect of life in the nation.
As Craig Rucker, the Executive Director of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) recently warned, “True to her word,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, “is busily grabbing powers for EPA that Congress specifically chose not to grant, and that the Supreme Court has denied on multiple occasions.”
“The federal bureaucracy under the Obama presidency has a voracious appetite for more power. It despises individual liberty and drags down the economy every change it gets,” Rucker warns.
In addition to implementing President Obama’s “war on coal” that is depriving the nation of coal-fired plants that provide electricity, the EPA has announced a proposed rule titled “Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act”, redefining, as Ron Arnold of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise reported in the Washington Examiner “nearly everything wet as ‘waters of the United States or WOTUS—and potentially subject us all to permits and fines.”
The President has made it clear that the rule of law has no importance to him and his administration and this is manifestly demonstrated by the actions of the EPA. “This abomination,” says Arnold, “is equivalent to invasion by hostile troops out to seize the jurisdictions of all 50 states. WOTUS gives untrustworthy federal bureaucrats custody of every  watershed, creates crushing new power to coerce all who keep America going and offers no benefit to the victimized and demoralized tax-paying public.”
In response to the EPA’s new power grab, more than 200 House members called on the Obama administration in May to drop its plans to expanded the EPA’s jurisdiction over smaller bodies of water around the nation. A letter was sent to EPA Administrator McCarthy and Department of Army Secretary John M. McHugh (re: Army Corps of Engineers) asking that the proposal be withdrawn.
“Under this plan, there’d be no body of water in America—including mud puddles and canals—that wouldn’t be at risk from job-destroying federal regulation,” said Rep, Doc Hastings (R-Wash), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. “This dramatic expansion of federal government control will directly impact the livelihoods and viability of farmers and small businesses in rural America.”
Nearly thirty major trade associations have joined together to create the Waters Advocacy Coalition. They represent the nation’s construction, manufacturing, housing, real estate, mining, agricultural and energy sectors. The coalition supports S. 2245, “Preserve the Waters of the U.S. Act” which would prevent the EPA and Corps of Engineers from issuing their “Final Guidance on Identifying Waters Protected by the Clean Water Act.”
What has this nation come to if the Senate has to try to pass an act intended to prevent the EPA from extending control over the nation’s waters beyond the Clean Waters Act that identifies such control as limited to “navigable waters”? You can’t navigate a water ditch or a puddle!
There are acts that limit agencies such as the EPA from going beyond their designated powers. They are the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.  The coalition says that the EPA and Corps “should not be allowed to use guidance to implement the largest expansion of Clean Water Act authority since it was enacted. Only Congress has the authority to make such a sweeping change.”
In two Supreme Court decisions, one in 2001 and another in 2006, rejected regulation of “isolated waters” by the EPA.
It does not matter to the EPA or the Obama administration what the Supreme Court has ruled Congress has enacted in the Clean Water Act, nor the Clean Air Act.
We are witnessing an EPA that is accumulating power as fast as it can at great cost to American freedom and prosperity.
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Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba, a CFACT adjunct policy analyst, writes a daily blog at factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com.

  • Allen Barclay Allen

    The EPA has no water usage clue. Governments of man have only succeeded in turning every Fertile land on this Earth into a DAMN desert. Governments of man are incapable but God’s creation is every bit capable of solving these water problems with these deserts we have made.

    http://video.wedu.org/video/2365243455/

    Mankind has basically turned every fertile crescent into a desert. This EPA rule will only push back what we could do with the assistance of this water engineer the Beaver.
    http://www.cfact.org/2014/06/11/thats-enough-fed-up-farmers-say-ditch-epas-land-grabbing-water-rule/?utm_source=CFACT+Updates&utm_campaign=47151eab77-This_is_next6_11_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a28eaedb56-47151eab77-270058297

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U0OqJqNbbs

    Allen Barclay Allen May 14
    to Craig, Senator, Ben, CONVENER, Rapley, Missionary, Danuel, Max, Ann, Carole, meredith54321, William, Patriot

    The Beaver answer to drought and desert land. They have to be protected from Trampling Cattle to do their job for water storage on ranches. Which this show a French man in Canada found out how to manipulate their dam building with recordings of running water played at what ever location we need their activity for water storage.
    The beaver the new Dog of water engineering forgotten by man the reclaimer of Deserts. The beaver Roman engineer of Aquifers. When we forgot their contribution our civilization died.

    Now we can reclaim the desert that are foolishly man made. Knowing how to work with them instead against is the solution to many of our water problems. The Cajun and the Dutch can figure this our. Swift Mud’s approach is to keep all the people of water shed land that’s stupid Cajun people have lived in the swamp for years. It just takes a different building code stilt homes only and no swamp draining for the building of homes on the ground. Swift Mud can be replaced saving Billions with just one Dutch engineer from Holland.

    In this movie you will find out that beaver can reclaim land where trees do no longer grow. Within time trees will be back to support rainfall along the rivers the Beaver built. God’s creation the Beaver is smarter than we are when it comes to water.

    http://video.wedu.org/video/2365243455/

  • Allen Barclay Allen

    Seen A new word to describe these typical garden variety of intellectual stupid liberal MOONBAT GLOBAL WARMERS. CLIMATARDS !!!! I like it !!! Thanks again Jimmy for MOONBAT !!!!

  • marlene

    it’s for the UN when the handover of our sovereighnty is complete.

  • amabokcuf

    Way past time to shut down the EPA and eliminate all EPA officials…

  • knowsit

    There is one east fix to all of Obama’s criminal excesses, and Republicans already have the power to implement it, if ever crying Speaker Boehner gets around to doing it,
    CUT THE EPA’S BUDGET, DEF-FUND THE ENTIRE EPA.
    The reason the EPA was created was the smog in Los Angeles.
    When was the last smog warning day in Los Angeles. It does not happen anymore.
    This is an agency that has actually accomplished its purpose, needs to be entirely de-funded.
    Put its employees out to pasture, it is still far cheaper than allowing it to destroy this nation

    • George_Johnson

      Congress will not defund the EPA. The EPA does some things that are necessary and appropriate. Also, this would set a bad precedent. Congress is in the business of spending money to get re-elected, create power for themselves and to help friends, businesses, voters, organizations, cities, etc.

  • George_Johnson

    The EPA is only focused on their responsibilities. They are not focused nor know how to balance other factors in our society such as our strong economy, efficiency, competition, standard of living, living wages, profits center, etc. Governments normally only expand they don’t contract because they have no competition, profit motive, etc. It is normal for the EPA to continue to grow, develop more and new regulations, get more aggressive, etc. They are just trying to do their job well.