posted on Jun, 12 2010 @ 12:16 PM
reply to post by Fakshon
HERE IT COMES!!!
Clean Water Bill Threatens Property Rights
WASHINGTON (April 21, 2010) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) are strongly opposing the
so-called “America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act,” introduced earlier today by Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.). The Act would remove the word
“navigable” from the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, granting the federal government unprecedented
regulatory authority over all waters regardless of whether or not they have any environmental significance.
“Removing the word ‘navigable’ from the definition of waters of the United States is a non-starter for us,” said Tamara Thies, NCBA chief
environmental counsel. “Navigability is essential to maintain the appropriate federal-state balance that has always been the hallmark of the Clean
Water Act. Without it, the reach of the federal government’s strong arm will be limitless. While this bill claims to exclude ‘prior converted
croplands’ from regulation under the Act, it actually takes away the authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to determine which lands meet that
definition, and gives it to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.