EPA power grab: Water Regs Bring Feds To Your Backyard
"(The) draft rule sent to the White House for review could expand the EPA's regulatory power to give the agency unprecedented new authority over seasonal streams and ditches on private property," Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, said in a statement to FoxNews.com.
The EPA flatly denies this charge. Officials told FoxNews.com that the draft rule, which was published on Nov. 8, is nothing like its detractors claim. "The proposed rule would not expand EPA's or the (Army Corps of Engineers') jurisdiction or protect any new waters that have not historically been covered under the Clean Water Act," the agency told FoxNews.com.
"Under the leaked draft rule, more waters would be facially jurisdictional than under the current regime," said attorneys Lowell Rothschild and Matthew Haynie, who both provide consulting services to developers and...