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POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 6:53pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:06pm

I came across this bit of news in the Trinity, Texas, newspaper this week. There is a front-page article about Trinity County, opposing a new rule within the Clean Water Act.

Ah, the Clean Water Act. It seems so pure. Don't we want cleaner air and water?

Sure, but what if the EPA was turning it into a a land grab. They U.S. government would never do that, right? Don't hold your breath.

Within the new addition, the EPA wants to stick in the Clean Water Act is a new provision for "waters of the United States." Those wary, like me, think this is a way to expand power to the EPA. You know, the EPA, the same heavy- handed agency which sent in a SWAT team to check the water purity at a gold mining camp in Alaska.

Many fear if the waters of the United States is OK'd, they would have control over water on your private property. You would need to go through Uncle Sam if you want to redo the culverts or ditches on your property.

This may even mean those folks like me, who have a stock tank on your rural property, would be overseen my some pointy-headed fed with a a masters degree in Public Administration walking on your property to have a look at your water or withering stream on your land.

Some say it may go as far as them regulating prairie dog ruts or ruts made by our farm equipment.

The feds will deny this, but we better watch out. Only Congress can deal with this, but we do have a president who is proud of his phone and his pen.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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Of all the idiot statements made today!! Folks, neil is delusional...he is making his "pointy-head" argument of "regulations of ruts made by farm equipment" out of a blue haze possibly caused by dementia...and all of you neil devotees believe this tripe? Stock tank regulations? Prairie dog runs regulated? Don't any of you understand that you are dancing around like mindless puppets by a guy who gets paid to keep your blood boiling over his fabrications and horror stories?

(post con't.) Only industrial, municipal and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.
As usual, neil is only giving half truths...and those who take his word as gospel take the bait and run with it...left alone without any regulation whatsoever, those on neil's bandwagon wouldn't give a thought to polluting their own land, let alone runoff from polluted ponds, etc. affecting public water supplies.

Poor ol' triangle head...he must think his readers are mindless morons, folks who don't know how to research and rebut his drivel...well, here it goes. The EPA regulates discharges of pollutants into US surface water. Water standards for surface water were originally enacted in '48 and reorganized and expanded in '72. Under the Clean Water Act, individual homes connected to a municipal system, who use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge, do not need an EPA permit. (Con't )

For you information, OSHA was created because of the Mine Owners Act which allowed Coal Mine owners to set their own safety standards for the mines they owned. Corruption ran throughout the mines until OSHA was created in the early 1970's. The EPA is no different, just another Federal Agency that has gotten too big.

Nah idiot.. just get CONGRESS to take over from the faceless bureaucrats. One can vote a congressman out, but not a bureaucrat.

Oh yea. The EPA, like most federal bureaucracies, started small but became giants that want more and more power.

The trouble is Congress delegated authority to them to make 'regulations'. And these regulations have the same weight as law yet no one has any real say in making them and you can't vote out the regulators!

We could sure use a constitutional amendment saying all laws MUST be voted on by Congress as part of due process, and regulations should have no weight (kind of like guidelines.)

It's already happen. The report states the Colorado couple spent two years building the pond on their own property consulting engineers and complying to state regulations only to have the EPA come in and threaten them with a $50.000 per day fine if they didn't take it down.

What was the reason the EPA gave for that action jpttm?

In all honesty, the story didn't say. But other than overstepping personal property rights, why would the EPA. They pond, like the ones here, are on private and not public land. The land owner consulted with the state and followed state laws.

Building a pond in Texas is even regulated. Someone who builds a 200 acre pond needs to have regulations and inspections of the project because the dam that the land owner erects may or may NOT be strong enough to withstand the force of water and cause death and damage to those property owners below the dam. Could be you or your family that a regulation may save.

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