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EPA repeals 2015 Rule Defining “Waters of the United States”

To advance United Nations Agenda for the 21st Century/Agenda 2030/Green New Deal and to implement socialism it is critical to prevent private property ownership for all (except the elite). Regulations, which require no action by Congress, are one of the favorite ways to accomplish this.

The Obama Administration in 2015 expanded the 1972 Clean Water Act by adding to it the “Waters of the United States” rule (WOTUS). The Waters of the United States rule greatly expanded the amount of land which would fall under the control of the EPA. For example under these rules even small depressions, which held water only for a short period of time, could be regulated. Worse, the area around the “mud puddle” would also be regulated.

To read how this bad set of rules is being over turned and replaced, click on this link.

Court Blocks EPA’s Water Rule

The EPA is pushing a new rule called the Waters of the United States which would expand the definition of a navigable water to include almost any water feature on a property including ditches that are dry the vast majority of the year. If this rule goes into effect the federal government has in effect nationalized/taken control of all water in the United State (and in many cases the land that borders the water).

These waters are usually under the jurisdiction of the states. No surprise that various groupings of states challenged the EPA in court. The first of the articles on this subject discusses the only lawsuit that successfully put a stop to the implementation of the rule, at least until further studies are conducted. To read more about which group of states was successful, click on this link.

The second article discusses whether the states that were unsuccessful in their challenge of the Waters of the United States rule, will be protected from, or obligated to abide by, the rule. To learn more click on this link.



The Next Step for the Sacketts

In Idaho in 2005 Mike and Chantell Sackett purchased a lot on which to build a house. The EPA without any testing and using an extremely broad definition of “navigable waters” declared the lot a wetland. Further the Sacketts were given no right of appeal and were promptly assessed a fine of $75,000 a day for non compliance with the EPA’s instructions. The Sacketts hung tough. To see how the Sacketts fought back, click on this link.