Betcha the lawyers for the enviro-weenies are sharpening their pencils as we speak.
source: The Mercury News/ Associated Press
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Trump administration is revoking an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.
Even before the official announcement, scheduled for later Thursday, environmental groups blasted the administration’s action, the latest in a series of moves to roll back environmental protections put into place under former President Barack Obama.
The Waters of the United States rule being revoked defines which waterways are subject to federal regulation.
“This action officially ends an egregious power grab and sets the stage for a new rule that will provide much-needed regulatory certainty for farmers, home builders and property owners nationwide…….. As the definition expanded, so too has Washington’s power over private property and the states’ traditional authority to regulate their land and water resources.”Andrew Wheeler
Environmental Protection Agency Chief
Since enactment of the Clean Water Act in 1972, the federal government has gone beyond protection of navigable waterways and their major tributaries to assert jurisdiction over “isolated ponds and channels that flow only after it rains,” the officials wrote.
President Donald Trump had ordered the agencies to develop a replacement policy that has a more restrictive definition of protected wetlands and streams, leaving fewer subject to federal protection.
Environmentalists say the move would leave millions of Americans with less safe drinking water and allow damage of wetlands that prevent flooding, filter pollutants and provide habitat for a multitude of fish, waterfowl and other wildlife.
“It would be great if farmers didn’t have to hire an army of consultants and lawyers just to be able to farm.”Don Parrish
American Farm Bureau Federation