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EPA's Water Grab Highlighted By House In No Vote

Jeffrey C. Borneman | September 10, 2014

Tuesday's vote, although considered symbolic, blocks the EPA's new water rule and demonstrates the House's disdain for the EPA's assumption of authority.  

The rule's intent was to clarify EPA's authority under the Clean Water Act (CWA) but opponents claim it "subject(s) waters such as streams, ponds, even puddles to the EPA's red tape, bureaucracy and permitting requirements," reports The Plain Dealer.

Foes of the EPA rule called it a "power grab" and the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 262 - 152 to deny any additional authority to the agency but it is feared the bill will not pass the Senate, a necessary step to essentially killing the rule's implementation.

Why was a new rule proposed to begin with? The EPA has repeatedly said, "The new rule was prompted by several court decisions that generated confusion over which water bodies are covered by the Clean Water Act (emphasis mine), said The Plain Dealer. 

The confusion stems from the inability of Congress, farmers, developers, city planners, etc., to grasp the audaciousness of the power EPA is claiming it already has through the CWA. There is a "No, they can't mean all the water in America" denial happening.

It was only last week the EPA was caught with maps outlining most of the State of Maryland whereby the EPA could, according to the new rule (discussed here) exercise authority to designate any area as federally protected by the CWA and negate private property rights.   

Water is not a right. As harsh as that is to say, even the citizens of Detroit have come to understand it. Water rights are tied to private property.  

EPA is not winning every case through either the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act but it is doggedly persistent in clinging to the authority it sees the 'original intent' of the CWA

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