A Call to Stop the Waters of the U.S. Regulation
PESA contends that the Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Waters of the United States’ rule places an undue burden on the heart and soul of our economy—weakening small business and manufacturers, overruling landowners, and greatly restricting oil and natural gas exploration.
The Waters of the United States rule was passed by the Obama administration with the intention of clarifying clauses in the Clean Water Act and defining which rivers, streams, lakes, and marshes fall under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, instead of simply clarifying what waters fall under regulatory jurisdiction, these agencies are expanding their governing authority. The ruling is a massive power grab that will have harmful effects on the economy by granting government jurisdiction over private property and farmland.
The Waters of the U.S. rule is scheduled to go into effect on August 28th, 2015. Several states, with North Dakota in the lead, have filed suit to prevent its promulgation. The lawsuit asks the court to throw out the “Waters of the United States” rule and grant a permanent injunction to prevent it from taking effect. (source: www.inforum.com)
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Negative Impacts of Waters of the U.S. Regulation
Virtually no limit to the federal government’s authority over private property
Excessive fines up to $75,000 per day for not complying to unnecessary regulation
Redefines any piece of land that is wet at least part of the year as WOTUS and subjects it to government regulation
Inhibits the progress of agriculture, energy, and manufacturing industries