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EPA’s New Power Grab Includes Rain Water, says AMAC

‘The agency seeks to expand the definition of the waterways it regulates to include puddles’

WASHINGTON, DC, Dec 5 – “Government has grown more aggressive as it seeks to trample on our rights with regulations that are so intrusive they are positively inane, including a new one that would give the EPA the right to regulate rain water,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.

Weber said that he was not amused when the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would extend its authority under the Clean Water Act to include puddles.

“The Clean Water Act was enacted in 1972 to prevent the pollution of the nation’s navigable waters.  It was not intended to allow the government to tell us how to deal with naturally occurring ditches on our property just because they might collect rainwater during a storm.  But that’s exactly what the EPA proposes to do.  It would be a joke if it wasn’t for the fact that such pervasive authority is bound to cause hardships for America’s farmers and for the country as a whole,” Weber explained.

Mark Pflugmacher operates a family farm in Champaign County, IL.  He is also a member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau.  As he put it in an OpEd article published in his local paper, The News-Gazette: “If the expanded definition is allowed, permits and other regulatory roadblocks — having to hire environmental consultants, for example — would stand in the way of conducting routine business activities like building fences, removing debris from ditches, spraying for weeds and insects, and removing unwanted vegetation on my own farm.

Pflugmacher cautioned that farmers are not the only businesses that will be impacted if the EPA is given the far-reaching authority it seeks.  “Home builders, real estate agents, aggregate producers, manufacturers and contractors all would be affected. For these small, local businesses, the proposed rule would increase federal regulatory power over private property. The definitions would create confusion and, because they were intentionally created to be overly broad, could be interpreted in whatever way the federal agencies see fit, costing business owners money and the local economy jobs.’

Weber described it as “yet another example of big government, or big brother, if you will, gaining control of our lives, including the cost of living.  The proposed EPA restrictions on the use of plentiful, inexpensive coal to produce affordable electricity will have a profound impact on the price we pay to heat and cool our homes.  The new standing water proposals will undoubtedly increase the cost of the food we eat and the homes in which we live.”

The AMAC chief noted that the nation’s elderly will be the ones who suffer most and called on the new Republican Congress to rein in the regulators “who are usurping the power of our Representatives and Senators to make laws.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Dan Weber is available for telephone interviews on this issue.  Editors/reporters may contact John Grimaldi at 917-846-8485 or jpgrimaldi@verizon.net to set up a call.

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J C Hall

The government’s extension of power with The Clean Water Act comes out of the fourth branch of the government, the Regulatory Branch. I wager that’s not taught in high school civics class but it is very real and extremely powerful. A law may be passed by congress but then sent to the RB for implementation. Congress loses control at that point as the RB is in charge of regulations and enforcement going forward. The RB is a huge bureaucracy and they are combing through the regulations under their domain to see where they can extend their power. Obama and the dems have been doing that since his taking office with one power extension after another. Their redefinition of the Interstate commerce clause comes to mind. One of the biggest dangers to personal liberty actually comes from local government. Every level of government has their hands in control of water. The… Read more »

Tonys Take

If your last name is Bundy and you live in the west, Your kids will probably be shot if they play in the puddles on the way home from school.

Douglas Deckner

This is the fault of Congress when they gave their power to the EPA. I’ve tried emailing my Congressmen and some times I get an answer. Some times, not always, the answer covers the subject I wrote them about.
Damn, but these people can tap dance around a problem better than Fred Astaire.
Please people, keep trying. We can always vote them out.

HAM

Eliminate the EPA, overturn all their regulations & return land “stolen” from the states back to the control of those states. There is a need to oversee what is done to our environment but it needs to be done by SANE individuals not FANATICS. This should be done by privately owned companies submitting recommendations to Congress. It’s obvious by what has been happening in the past under Democrat administrations that these recommendations CAN NOT be done by a government agency. The Democrats/Socialists/Liberals have been using this agency to take control of one more aspect of our lives and we must press our Republican/Conservative Congressmen to overturn the damage already done. Eliminating EPA may have to wait until we have a Republican in the WH but surely Congress can do a lot in the next 2 years to overturn the out-if-control regulations. We need to contact our Congressmen to let them… Read more »

Sonny W

Speaking of China, look at almost everything you purchase, see where it’s made. CHINA, well, if we all stopped buying anything made in China, where are they going to sell all that cheap made garbage? And just think, the worker losing his/her job is an eight year kid who should be in school not working 12 hrs.’ a day in deplorable conditions.

John T. O'Donnell

Our government is again, out of control. What can we do, with the help of AMAC to STOP this crushing of our rights?

Rich

Does EPA provide a complete directory of all the laws they regulate?
Maybe we the people should demand copies for every citizen !
That would keep them busy for a while and utilize the deadwood employees do do something constructive.
It may also allow us to network with others to pressure our elected officials to do away with burdensome rules.

Marietta

Already happening. In our County we can only wash cars in the grass or gravel — not on any pavement or cement driveway even if you are not using soap. They are worried about the runoff into the storm drains. All new Commercial builds are required to have a holding pond for run off and elaborate systems for storm water runoff. Makes it very hard to do business and discourages new businesses from coming into the area. We run a aircraft maintenance facility and it has put us in a quandary. The federal regulations require you to clean and inspect the airplane as part of the annual maintenance, but the port authority doesn’t want us ruining their grass by washing airplanes and we can’t do it on the tarmac either. We’ve tried to offer solutions such as a catch basin for the storm drain, etc., but they are not open… Read more »

Kevin Seitz

Here we go again. Another rogue government bureaucracy overstepping its authority. It’s another item on the list of things which prove we’re under a communist dictatorship.But, this is what happens when brainless idiots vote for liberals. Speaking of liberals, here’s my opinion of those psychopathic maniacs……. The Liberal The liberal is the epitome of Mass Man. He LOVES the herd. He is the molten mass from which his god and king Satan came. He has NO TOLERANCE for the individual – only the mass.He is the MASS RESPONSE in EVERYTHING he does and thinks. He is of mud, he is of dirt, he is dug up out of the earth. Therefore, whether he means to do it or not, he acts accordingly – he acts like mud, he acts like dirt. No tolerance for the free, only the SLAVES chained together. THAT is the HEART AND REALITY of the liberal.… Read more »

Bob M.

It all boils down to the fact that through regulations,taxes,and mandating that we buy stuff,our personal property,and money doesn’t belong to us.Our government is intent on coming up with all kinds of things that rob us of what`s ours.One of the comments above used the word collective.That is exactly true.Government looks at us as a collective.We are supposed to be one big hippie commune producing not for our own success,but for the collective.The takers are entitled to everything the makers can produce.After all it`s the fair thing to do.we make,they take,and then the thousands of highly paid bureaucrats are supposed to dish it all out evenly.Problem is,is that there isn`t anything left to dish out.After awhile the makers lose the motivation to make,and then the well dries up for the takers.Thats not a problem for the ruling class,because by then they have all the wealth.I say off with their heads.after… Read more »

Howard Last

Don’t expect the God Owful Party to do anything about the EPA. Remember it was Nixon who started it. Also William Ruckelshaus the first head of the EPA who killed more people than anyone else in history. He banned DDT which was on its way to ending malaria. Now approx. 2 million people a year, mostly children, die from malaria. Anyone know which Section of the Constitution authorizes an EPA?

Junk Bin

by the EPA’s own statement 93 plus percent of its staff is unnecessary.
this agency needs to get defunded. next in line would be the DoEnergy

Ivan Berry

In 1984, Geo. Hansen, Congressman from the 2nd Distric of Idaho wrote that ONLY the IRS can attach 100% of a tax debtor’s wages and/or property; can invade the privacy of a citizen without court process; seize property without a court order; can force a citizen to try his case in a special court governed by the IRS; can legally, without an order from any court, subject citizens to electronic surveillance; has conducted “armed” searches and raids by IRS agents; of “hit lists”; of snooping, harassment, entrapment and a myriad of other horrors. He predicted that if let stand, this police state mentality would be picked up by the vast administrative agencies and grow into what it has evidently become, an unaccountable despotism. Hansen also disclosed that politicians who criticized the agency were subjuct to reprisal through misleading leaks of their tax records that made them appear guilty of abusing… Read more »

BobL.

Rules and regulations written by unelected, unaccountable (to the voters) bureaucrats are illegal as far as I am concerned. Only Congress has the power to write and pass legislation. The only reason these illegal assaults on our freedoms are “obeyed” is because the scoundrels pick on “offenders” one at a time to enforce their will and intimidate others from disobeying them. Even cities and companies cower before the rascals in fear just because it is the federal government and they fear the unlimited resources they would have to fight to oppose them.
A good sign of things that need to come is the results from the standoff against the BLM earlier this year at the Bundy Ranch where Americans came together and said NO to the federal bullies. We need more activism like that, a lot more.

Joe Steinberg

At this rate they will be inspecting our bowel movements to check smell, color and density. Don’t forget the urine specimens required. Just how stupid can this current administration get????

From the Right trying to save what's Left.

Somewhere, recently, I read that the EPA regulations are 38 times the size of the Bible. That’s a lot of rules and regulations for people to assimilate & live by. And apparently we are supposed to know them along with the IRS Code in order to stay our of trouble and be good comrades. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. I am all for taking care of our earth and not polluting our rivers and streams, but the EPA is totally out of control with the unregulated power they’ve been given. Should we regulate our farmers right out of business and rely on food from foreign countries that are raised under even more questionable conditions? Where & how does this make sense?

Gary James

This is more of Obama big government he needs to go help run Russian Gov. And leave ours alone.

Larry

It is not about pollution, it is about control. They are taking over electricity production with the EPA regulating co2, a naturally occurring gas. They control the banks. They own 1/3 of the USA by stealing land from the states. They control what you drive. They control what kind of house you build and where you can build it. They took over control of your health care. Big government is not the solution, it is the problem.

randal

As a new member of AMAC I can see a lot of retired folks have a lot of time to postulate on topics like the EPA, They can sling a paragraph together and show their advanced public education. I’m getting ready to retire by selling my small business and pray to God that I can break free from government regulation that have for all intents and purposes control every aspect of business from paper license to now controlling free stuff for my employee’s, so they feel they shouldn’t have to work( rent support, food support on and on) So whats my point? If you feel the government is here to help you need to think again! they are taking more and more control and the young people don’t even see it. The young people think that there are really free things with no strings attached and for the most part… Read more »

Rik

Come on, people … The EPA only wants to protect the habitant of the mosquito by protecting rain puddles! … If you all lived in Calimexico like I do, we protect some “smelts” before we let some farmers grow crops. Besides, there’s another benefit here that you all are missing … If we have less farmland, that just means we’ll have less jobs for illegals! … See, the EPA IS REALLY LOOKING OUT FOR US AMERICANS … So stop bitching everyone, government knows best!