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The EPA Overreaches Again
American Magazine, by Blake Hurst

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Posted By:EagleBlurst, 6/23/2014 11:01:44 AM

In farm country, the joke goes like this: “I don’t want any more land, except my neighbor’s.” That’s a pretty fair description of how the EPA has treated America’s landowners. With a recent rule, the agency is continuing to broaden its jurisdiction over U.S. waters and is reaching to regulate more farmland. Back in 1972, when Congress passed the Clean Water Act (CWA), the EPA was given jurisdiction over discharges from “point sources” like factories into the “navigable waters” of the United States. Jurisdiction over the majority of U.S. water and land was left to state and local governments.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 6/23/2014 11:13:12 AM     (No. 9896600)

Come on Congress, get off your collective butts and defund this monster. Once that´s done, there is a long list of others that need to go too.

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In farm country, the joke goes like this: “I don’t want any more land, except my neighbor’s.” That’s a pretty fair description of how the EPA has treated America’s landowners. With a recent rule, the agency is continuing to broaden its jurisdiction over U.S. waters and is reaching to regulate more farmland. Back in 1972, when Congress passed the Clean Water Act (CWA), the EPA was given jurisdiction over discharges from “point sources” like factories into the “navigable waters” of the United States. Jurisdiction over the majority of U.S. water and land was left to state and local governments.

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Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/20/2014 10:57:11 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: EagleBlurst- 6/18/2014 10:33:07 AM     Post Reply
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