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Democrats Seeking Federal Control of Water, Including Backyard Birdbaths

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was granted the power to regulate carbon dioxide, a decision that was purely made on politics and not science.  This will severely impact the American economy and essentially allows for environmental regulations to be passed without going through Congress.  The EPA isn't stopping there - Democrats are now seeking to change the wording in the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA), which will allow the EPA to control virtually every body of water.

The current wording in the CWRA grants federal authority to waters that are navigable or directly connected to navigable waters.  Democrats are seeking to remove the word "navigable," which would give the EPA authority to regulate any backyard fish pond, birdbath, swimming pool or even low ground that is prone to forming puddles.  The changes are being sought by Congressman James Oberstar (D - MN), who is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and would radically expand the scope of federal water regulations.

Fortunately, members of both the House and Senate sent a letter to Congressional leaders promising to put up a major fight against changes to the CWRA stating it would "slow or stop vital economic activities across the country." The implications of this being passed are significant - the EPA and the Army Corp. of Engineers would be allowed to regulate ponds, ditches and gutters on farms, homes and businesses.

This has even made some Democrats nervous - taken from the Washington Times:

"And no wonder.  Consider a case highlighted in a 2008 report issued by the Washington Legal Foundation.  Massachusetts small business owner James Knott had won awards for manufacturing pollution-control technology, but that didn't protect him from the EPA.  Twenty-one EPA agents, many of them armed, took over Mr. Knott's plant commando-style in November 1997 as they tested the pH of the facility's rinse-water discharges.  A U.S. Attorney eventually indicted Mr. Knott on two felony counts of discharging water that was supposedly too acidic.  The charges later were dropped when it turned out the lab reports had been tampered with; the actual discharges were fine all along.  In the meantime, however, Mr. Knott lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees."

The only water that needs to be regulated is the water that some of these members of Congress are drinking.  These people should be put in a room with padded walls.  The EPA would effectively be able to regulate the air we breathe, the water on any piece of property and our land.  When will it stop?

Chuck Justice is the editor-in-chief for Habledash.

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