Green groups feeling pretty jazzed about the EPA’s latest “wetlands” power grab

posted at 6:41 pm on November 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last month, we caught wind of the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest attempt to further expand the already extravagant bounds of their authority with some, ahem, “clarifications” to the Clean Water Act that would more specifically codify precisely the types of bodies of water that fall under their esteemed jurisdiction. The EPA has had to deal with the ever-so-droll inconvenience of several high-level lawsuits stemming from their unscrupulous rulemaking, and they really want to lock those challenges to their righteous regulatory prowess down.

Because this is the EPA we’re dealing with, I’d hazard a guess that neither pond nor puddle is quite safe from this “clarification” process, and the well-monied and self-titled environmentalist lobby — ever-confident in the wildly misguided notion that big government bureaucracy is the best method of effective environmental stewardship — is pretty thrilled about it. Via The Hill:

Green organizations are cheering an attempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to solidify its authority over smaller streams and wetlands.

The period for the public to comment on the agency’s draft report, which makes the case for new rules, ends on Wednesday. The agency has received more than 100,000 comments on the study. …

Environmentalists agree with the EPA that oversight of those waters is necessary to protect the larger water sources.

“For too long these vital water bodies have been without Clean Water Act protection and have been at risk of contamination,” a coalition of organizations including the Sierra Club, Earthjustice and League of Conservation Voters said in a statement. “We are glad that EPA has restarted this stalled process and urge the Agency to release the proposed rule quickly.”

Yes, because what good environmentalists wouldn’t love that. Gotta’ keep all those mindless private-property owners and clearly deficient state regulators in check, ya’ know?


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Luddites.

Resist We Much on November 6, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I cite California’s supreme court case where they said they had the right to enforce their own environmental rights and the EPA didn’t have jurisdiction.

California disagrees with that stance now, of course…

Skywise on November 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Don’t leave your faucet running too long–wetland!

PattyJ on November 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

They can call up Chris Christy Cream and use him for their front man, ya know he knows how to talk tough and all that.

He can scare the private property owners into just deeding the property to the Fed’s and the owner gets to take a tax deduction for the loss.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Don’t leave your faucet running too long–wetland!

PattyJ on November 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

The human body, more than 50% water. Wetland!

Flange on November 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

All it shows is that these loon commie liberals are so out of touch they are going to go all “ObamaCare will save you from CO2″.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

My backyard becomes a small lake after a heavy rain. We have a drain system that eases the problem. I suppose that is a wetland now and I will have to remove the drains.

bopbottle on November 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Every object attracts every other object with a force proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the distance between them. IOW, everything somehow effects everything else.

Eventually someone in DC will realize this and “reinterpret” the Commerce Clause to give them authority over everything.

29Victor on November 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I cite California’s supreme court case where they said they had the right to enforce their own environmental rights and the EPA didn’t have jurisdiction.

California disagrees with that stance now, of course…

Skywise on November 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

How dare California attempt to nullify Federal regulations and claim states’ rights!!!

Raaaaacist.

Resist We Much on November 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Every object attracts every other object with a force proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the distance between them. IOW, everything somehow effects everything else.

Eventually someone in DC will realize this and “reinterpret” the Commerce Clause to give them authority over everything.

29Victor on November 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

inversely proportional to the distance between them squared.
/physicist

Count to 10 on November 6, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Count to 10 on November 6, 2013 at 7:58 PM

rly? Thx

29Victor on November 6, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I cite California’s supreme court case where they said they had the right to enforce their own environmental rights and the EPA didn’t have jurisdiction.

California disagrees with that stance now, of course…

Skywise on November 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

How dare California attempt to nullify Federal regulations and claim states’ rights!!!

Raaaaacist.

Resist We Much on November 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

They do it by implementing rules and regulations as stringent or more so to the fed’s regs. EPA then certifies the state can maintain environmental control over their lands. EPA still maintains offices in CA to monitor Federal lands (and keep an eye on cali’s enforcement. No problems there).

So much for state’s rights.

popup on November 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

John Boehner’s handkerchief — wetland

SheVee on November 6, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. Ideological zealots. Defund EPA.

petefrt on November 6, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Hey look! Wetlands! No, really look! Right down there. Closer…aaahhhhh!!!!

MikeinPRCA on November 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Abolish the EPA, IRS, and BATF.

listens2glenn on November 7, 2013 at 12:29 AM

My backyard becomes a small lake after a heavy rain. We have a drain system that eases the problem. I suppose that is a wetland now and I will have to remove the drains.

bopbottle on November 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Actually, that is exactly what the EPA is trying to control. If a bird lands on that puddle, you’re screwed dude. Out here in the west, we have tons of examples of these power grab attempts.

Wyznowski on November 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM