EPA, back off
POSTED: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 6:53pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 30, 2014 - 12:06pm
Tyler — 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?