EPA on the move, again
POSTED: Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:17pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:51am
TYLER (KETK) — We've told you before, the EPA always seems to be on the move for more power. We told you a few weeks back the agency was wanting more power under the waters United States law they are pushing.
Many fear that would mean the EPA would have jurisdiction over every lake or mud puddle in the country. Now FOX News is reporting the Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.
According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register.
Who reads the Federal Register?
Back to our story--- the notice claimed federal law allows the EPA to "garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order."
The push remains up in the air, however, as the agency says any "adverse comments" would prevent the EPA from moving forward and some criticism has emerged in recent days.
Absent that, the rule could take effect Sept. 2. The EPA said the rule was not subject to review because it was not a "significant regulatory action."
The report also adds, the amount of money the EPA has collected in fines has increased steadily since President Obama took office. In 2012, the agency took in $252 million in fines, up from just $96 million in 2009.
This has to be watched and stopped.
That's my point of view, what's yours?