URGENT: Obama’s EPA Just Made A Shocking Move Days After Contaminating Animas River…

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After contaminating the Animas River, the EPA, is after a regulation to control the water in your backyard, even the water left behind in puddles after a hard rain. This is outrageous, and unless a federal judge issues a injunction by August 28, the very meaning of the “Waters of the U.S,” will change.

Sadly, they are not kidding. The rank and file bureaucrats in the EPA and the state enforcers in the local state environment offices have drank the kool-aid. Now they believe to have the right to exert this level of control over every aspect of our lives.

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Marita Noon at Sago.com reports:

Unless a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction, the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” will change on August 28—giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the water in your backyard (even the water that might be in your backyard due to a heavy rain). Even, according to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey: “any area where agencies believe water may flow once every 100 years.”

Thirty-one states, in four districts, have filed motions with the federal courts to block the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) from beginning to enforce the new “Waters of the U.S.” rule (WOTUS), which represents a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Federal Register calls the new rule “definitional” and states: “The rule will ensure protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by clarifying the scope of ‘waters of the United States’ protected under the Act.”

WOTUS was published in the Federal Register on June 29 and will become effective on August 28.

The interpretation is important. The CWA used to apply to “navigable waters,” which now, as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently said: “include almost any piece of land that gets wet and puddles.”

Morrisey calls the rule “regulatory lunacy.” He’s hosted town-hall meetings where he’s heard from citizens concerned that “this rule would infringe on their property rights and force them to pay thousands of dollars to do basic work around their homes, farms and workplaces.” Morrisey adds: “This rule expands a scheme whereby property owners have to ask the EPA for permission to do yard work.” He claims: “Failure to comply with the new regulations could result in fines of up to $37,500 a day.”

While the word “navigable” hasn’t been removed from CWA—as that would require an act of Congress—the EPA has expanded that definition to include any water that has a “significant nexus” with navigable waters. This is where water in your back yard could be impacted. Regarding the final rule, Paxton explains: it “is so broad and open to interpretation that everything from ditches and dry creek beds, to gullies, to isolated ponds formed after a big rain could be considered a ‘water of the United States.’”

The CWA’s single word, “navigable,” has, for decades, been contentious with those who want to expand government control and limit industrial activity such as oil-and-gas development, mining, ranching, and farming. Former Representative Jim Oberstar (D-MN) fought hard to have the word navigable removed from the CWA and to expand its control to any waters. Despite repeated bites at the apple, prior Congresses refused to pass his legislation.

EPA, once again, uses rulemaking to do what its proponents couldn’t do through legislation—a hallmark of the Obama administration.

The authorities should be helping the people instead of making their lives even more difficult. Water is a natural resource that is more vastly available, as compared to other costly resources, like oil and gas. Restricting or controlling its access will definitely affect the lifestyles of many different people, especially farmers because water is crops’ main need for survival. Irrigation and water conservation like storing water in boxes is highly advisable.

It is playing out right in front of our eyes, they are not going to stop until every move we make is controlled.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE).

She hosts a weekly radio program: America’s Voice for Energy—which expands on the content of her weekly column.

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