More helpful guidance from our loving & benevolent EPA

I truly think the EPA is making up rules just to cheese me off.

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From Audrey Hudson over at Human Events:

Lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) and control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part of navigable waterways.

These temporary water sources are often created by rain or snowmelt, and would make it harder for private property owners to build in their own backyards, grow crops, raise livestock and conduct other activities on their own land, lawmakers say.

“Never in the history of the CWA has federal regulation defined ditches and other upland features as ‘waters of the United States,’” said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), the ranking committee member, and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

“This is without a doubt an expansion of federal jurisdiction,” the lawmakers said in a May 31 letter to House colleagues.

Go ahead, Lefties, and tell me I’m crazy. Tell me the EPA is not deliberately trying to sabotage our nation, by making every use of every thing illegal or within their purview. If a temporary ditch of water can be construed as a “navigable waterway”, what’s next? Oh, wait, don’t tell me: you’re already taken control of basically all life, ever since you did some deep thinkin’ over at the EPA Puzzle Palace™ and came up with CO2 as the world’s worst pollutant. You’ll have to forgive me. Occasionally I forget that, by virtue of my breathing, I’m destroying the planet.

My bad.

More from Human Events:

“President Obama’s EPA continues to act as if it is above the law. It is using this overreaching guidance to pre-empt state and local governments, farmers and ranchers, small business owners and homeowners from making local land and water use decisions,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said in announcing their measure in March. “Our bill will stop this unprecedented Washington power grab and restore Americans’ property rights.”

“It’s time to get EPA lawyers out of Americans’ backyards,” Barrasso said.

So, good luck, all you homeowners out there. Might want to re-grade your lawns so that water will flow off towards your neighbors (of course, your neighbors may be thinking the same thing). You farmers had better be careful when you irrigate your crops, too: the very act could end up putting you out of business.

However, in the spirit of being upbeat and positive, try this: just keep telling yourself, “Big Brother Loves Me. Big Brother Loves Me…..”

6 responses to “More helpful guidance from our loving & benevolent EPA

  1. So if a utility truck runs off the road into your yard during a storm gouging a deep tire track the length of your property that fills with water….you may be commiting a federal crime by repairing it?

    • You’d be guilty for just having it, not to mention repairing it.

      Think back to the Dust storm violations from Arizona that we covered a week or two ago: they weren’t in trouble for fixing the problem; they were in trouble for allowing the problem to occur in the first place.

      So, in your example, you’d somehow have to prevent the truck from running off the road, or end up paying a fine.
      –Once the truck damaged the yard, and you tried to repair it, that would be ANOTHER fine, and then,
      –if not fixed to the EPA’s satisfaction, that would be a third fine.

      I’m seeing a common denominator here………

  2. Completely and utterly absurd.

    • I think that’s their goal. It goes back to standard negotiation tactics I learned years ago.

      –Start with ridiculous, outlandish demands, and then work your way back to more than you want, but still crazy.
      –Once the company agrees to the “still crazy” demands, even though they are less than your starting point, you have moved what qualifies for “crazy” several degrees to the Left.

      This a classic power grab; nothing more.

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