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    Fed court places WOTUS on hold nationwide

    Friday was not a good day for the Obama EPA. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals expanded the stay on the Administration’s land-grabbing water rule beyond the states that appealed, to the entire nation. The pushback against regulatory overreach is on!

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    WOTUS: Court blocks EPA water rule

    At the eleventh hour a federal court ordered an injunction blocking EPA’s water rule.

    EPA was defiant. EPA bureaucrats declared that they will only halt the rule in the 13 states that requested the injunction.

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    WOTUS: Whom do you trust with your water after EPA’s toxic spill?

    EPA was created in 1970 largely in response to the Cuyahoga River in Ohio catching on fire. Forty-five years later, things have come full circle. Now, it is EPA that is polluting a vast river system in the Southwest. Should EPA be allowed to take over the rest of the “waters of the United States?”

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    WOTUS comes to Louisiana, and it’s coming soon to you

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flexed muscles it may not yet have the right to use in declaring a Louisiana property to be a wetland. Worse, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Corps’ latest victim their day in court. But the Pacific Legal Foundation has petitioned the Supreme Court. claiming abuse of the Clean Water Act. Even if the PLF beats the Corps in court, the victory will be pyrrhic if the EPA is allowed to promulgate its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which is due to take effect at the end of 2015 if not withdrawn or dramatically restructured.

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    WOTUS: The facts about EPA’s wet fiction

    Landowners, homeowners, business owners, home builders, construction companies, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activities in the United States are in the crosshairs of the most far-reaching power grab the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ever undertaken.

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    WOTUS — All ten of EPA’s regional wetland maps

    Per multiple requests — All ten of EPA’s regional wetlands maps.

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    WOTUS — Is America all wet to EPA?

    EPA’s wetlands maps show water everywhere, yet they assure us their new WOTUS rule doesn’t mean they’ll regulate all of it . Do you trust them?

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    EPA in hot WOTUS as people say, “ditch this rule!”

    Should the feds seize control over every wet ditch and puddle in the U.S.? Big Green foundations have been lusting after WOTUS power since the late 1990s. People are speaking up and sharing their stories. EPA is sweating. EPA should sweat.

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    Who is guarding the (dictatorial) guards?

    CFACT Senior Policy Analyst Paul Driessen explains how the EPA and other federal agencies are increasingly holding businesses, local governments, and private citizens accountable to unachievable standards while at the same time excusing their own illegal behavior.

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    Courts tackling Clean Water Act abuses

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the North Dakota-based Hawkes Co., which had planned to mine peat from property in Minnesota, could challenge in court a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) ruling declaring the property counted as “regulated wetlands” without first having to go through the costly process necessary to obtain a permit to disturb wetlands.

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    Farmers under the gun in Obama “clean power plan”

    Hidden in the thicket of the Obama administration’s elaborate scheme to transform the U.S. energy sector away from fossil fuels is a section that puts American farmers squarely in Washington’s bull’s e

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    Wyoming rancher thumps EPA on bogus wetlands violation

    In a 21st century replay of the biblical battle between David and Goliath, Wyoming rancher Andy Johnson felled the most powerful regulatory giant in the country, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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    Feds tighten the screws on Endangered Species Act enforcement

    The Interior Department has been quietly writing new rules and regulations under the Endangered Species Act that will hand broad new powers to federal bureaucrats.

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    Will landowners get their day in court?

    Landowners throughout the nation will soon learn whether they have the right to challenge in court decisions by federal agencies asserting jurisdiction over what the feds say are “wetlands” on their property.

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    The most ABSURD 2015 EPA power-grabs of dubious legality

    EPA has made a lot of power grabs of dubious legality over the last year, from forcing unpopular regulations through over the objections of Congress to illegally using social media to promote Obama’s policies. So without further ado, here are the top 5 EPA attempts to grab power through quasi-legal means.

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    GOP energy report card: 2015

    CFACT policy advisor Marita Noon says the GOP Congress got one A, two Bs, a C, and two Ds on its energy policy report card during 2015 — but the B for the Keystone Pipeline ought to be an F if results, not good intentions, are the basis for grading.

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    Rolling back the tide of big government overreach

    In little more than 30 days, there have been five distinct cases that you may have missed–each, a victory for responsible land use.

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    Wyoming farmer in EPA’s crosshairs

    Wyoming farmer Andy Johnson is the unlikely target of an EPA vendetta — facing tens of millions of dollars in fines for daring to build a stock pond — which the Clean Water Act specifically bars the agency from regulating — on his property after obtaining all the required state permits. Meanwhile, the agency is facing no penalties at all for its massive spill of metals-laden water into the Animas River in New Mexico.

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    The agency that contaminated the Animas River is about to start regulating water that may be in your backyard

    Unless a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction, the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” will change on August 28—giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the water in your backyard (even the water that might be in your backyard due to a heavy rain). Even, according to West Virginia Attorney […]

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    EPA’s gross negligence at Gold King

    On August 5, an Environmental Restoration company crew, supervised by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials, used a backhoe to dig away tons of rock and debris that were blocking the entrance portal of Colorado’s Gold King Mine, which had been largely abandoned since 1923. Water had been seeping into the mine and out of its […]