Air Date: June 3, 2015
Host : Jim Schneider
Guest: Tom DeWeese
The Environmental Protection Agency has released its final rule which defines the waters of the United States. This rule has been defined as marking the beginning of a new era in the history of the Clean Water Act. Is this rule a true step forward in environmental stewardship or is it just another federal power grab?
Joining Jim to discuss this was Tom DeWeese. Tom is the president of the American Policy Center. He’s one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence and protecting our Constitutionally guaranteed rights.
The EPA claims they have the right to regulate any water in a 100 year floodplain, any water that is 4,000 feet from a tributary and any prairie pothole, pool or wetland that the EPA has declared a ‘regional water treasure’ if it can identify a ‘significant nexus’ with a navigable water. The ‘water’ being regulated doesn’t even have to be wet. It is also defined by chemical, physical, and biological indicators. If there’s any indication that water has run through an area, they can take control of it.
This is an incredibly broad and comprehensive definition for water regulation. The result is that Senator Rand Paul has introduced S980 to stop this but is it too late? Review this Crosstalk to learn more and then contact your legislators via the information below.