“RGGI describes itself as a regional market for carbon, but it is really a carbon tax that is fully passed on to ratepayers. It’s a bad deal for Virginians. It’s a bad deal for Virginia businesses. I promised to lower the cost of living in Virginia and this is just the beginning.” — Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Younkin In Episode 235 of District of Conservation, Gabriella discusses two news stories for listeners. One regarding incoming Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announcing his intent to withdraw the Commonwealth from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the other about Biden's EPA revoking the Trump-era Navigable [...]
Handing a victory to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the court determined that the couple’s land does contain wetlands and thus can be regulated by the agency under the CWA.Handing a victory to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the court determined that the couple’s land does contain wetlands and thus can be regulated by the agency under the CWA.
Land near any muddy puddle or stream is not safe.
At issue is nearly five-decade-old confusion over what constitutes “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA).
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler joins District of Conservation podcast host Gabriella Hoffman on the show today for a wide-ranging interview. Listen here.
In this week's District of Conservation episode, Gabriella spoke with Dr. Roger Marshall—avid hunter and GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Kansas.
Every puddle and muddy ditch no longer the feds to control. Courts can't overrule Congress because the Left hides behind kids. Celebrate!
Puddles and ditches were never meant to be navigable "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS).
Had the Obama "WOTUS" rule not been repealed, landowners would have had to get permits from federal bureaucrats before making any significant modifications to their property.
The Obama administration’s WOTUS rule was that it broadened the scope of federal control so much that even ditches that happened to fill with water could fall under the government’s “navigable waters” scope of authority.
Bad habits are hard to shed. And if you are a bureaucrat at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who has become accustomed to throwing the agency’s considerable weight around, why turn over a new leaf?
Gabriella Hoffman: President Obama’s EPA deemed all bodies of water—including puddles and ditches— as “navigable waters” subject to regulation under the WOTUS rule.
By rolling back Obama’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, the administration has put an end to the biggest power grab in the 48-year history of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Trump Administration has an opportunity to reverse overreach by the EPA and other federal agencies -- but Congress and even the Courts have a role to play, according to CFACT policy advisor Larry Bell. Indeed. even the simplest actions by the Pruitt-led EPA or the Trump Administation in general will likely be challenged in federal courts by those with vested interests in the status quo.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting a major Obama-era policy expanding federal authority over bodies of water. “Let’s start hiring those people, fellas,” Trump said before signing the order while surrounded by federal lawmakers and county officials. Trump ordered federal agencies to make sure “waters are kept free from pollution, while at the same time promoting economic growth, minimizing regulatory uncertainty” and respecting the role of states and Congress. Trump also ordered agencies to define “navigable waters” in a “manner consistent with the opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. United States” — a more narrow interpretation of [...]