Wyoming Senator John Barrasso continues his fight against a clean environment and decent planetary stewardship by urging his colleges to block an EPA proposal that would redefine several forms of surface water under the 1972 Clean Water Act.
The EPA has extended the time available for the general public to comment on the ruling until October 20, and the agency says that while the regulation isn’t protecting new waters, it will instead clarify waters are already protected under the law.
Barrasso, however, sees another example of federal overreach. he believes that it threatens local land use and zoning. He told the Wyoming Star-Tribune that:
“Federal regulations have never defined ditches and other upland drainage features as ‘waters of the U.S. But this proposed rule does, and it will have a huge impact on farmers, on ranchers, on small businesses that need to put a shovel in the ground to make a living.”
Barrasso, along with Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) introduced legislation in 2012 that would prohibit the EPA from moving forward with the proposed regulation. Barrasso said then that, “Our bill will stop this unprecedented Washington power grab and restore Americans’ property rights. It’s time to get EPA lawyers out of Americans’ backyards.”
Those four men, by the way, really care about Americans. All four of them were among the 37 senators that voted down Elizabeth Warren’s bill to help alleviate student loan debt. But never mind that, let ring the cries of Freedom!
h/t Huffington Post