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Federal judge blocks new "Waters of the United States" rule

I haven't been following this all that closely, but have heard enough to be concerned. This is a preliminary injunction in response to a lawsuit brought by 13 states:

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The decision is a major roadblock for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, who were planning Friday to begin enforcing the Waters of the United States rule, expanding federal jurisdiction over small waterways like streams and wetlands.

But the Obama administration says it will largely enforce the regulation as planned, arguing that the Thursday decision only applies to the 13 states that requested the injunction.

“Once the rule takes effect, the states will lose their sovereignty over intrastate waters that will then be subject to the scope of the Clean Water Act,” Erickson wrote in his order.

“While the exact amount of land that would be subject to the increase is hotly disputed, the agencies admit to an increase in control over those traditional state-regulated waters of between 2.84 to 4.65 percent. Immediately upon the rule taking effect, the rule will irreparably diminish the states’ power over their waters,” he continued, calling the Obama administration's interpretation of its jurisdiction "exceptionally expansive."

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Hmmm...now I'm thinking that this is not really a relevant topic for this forum. Mods, please move or delete as you see fit.
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Hmmm...now I'm thinking that this is not really a relevant topic for this forum. Mods, please move or delete as you see fit.
It depends on the path it takes. I see where it might be relevant to boaters but if it turns into a political bashing and food fight, yes, it will be moved. We'll give it a chance first.

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I haven't been following this all that closely, but have heard enough to be concerned.
My concern is that this rule does not go far enough and grants exemptions from regulations to agriculture, which is by far the biggest polluter of these smaller bodies of water that feed navigable waters of US.

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My concern is that this rule does not go far enough and grants exemptions from regulations to agriculture, which is by far the biggest polluter of these smaller bodies of water that feed navigable waters of US.
Might as well move this over to PRWG. There is no change to the rules regarding navigable waters...only for creeks, wetlands, ditches, mud holes...and it will slide inevitably into that muddy ditch...

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By all means lets give all the power to the fed. & the EPA .
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By all means lets give all the power to the fed. & the EPA .
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1. In most states all Federal environmental programs are actually administered by the state agencies.
2. In recent years many states have drastically rolled back state environmental regulations, favoring big business and big donors. It is much harder to roll back federal programs by corrupt politicians.
3. If EPA was not choosing lowest bid contractors over most competent, the above quoted disaster would nave never happened.

I work for a private company in this industry (protection of the environment) and see the problems and solutions (or lack thereof) every day.
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By all means lets give all the power to the fed. & the EPA .
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I always get a chuckle out of this kind of attitude.

Where do you think the nasty stuff came from to begin with?

The EPA didn't "invent" the rotten substance, it was put there by greedy industrialists, who have complete disregard for the public.

Yes, the EPA f-ed up big time, but you can't blame them for the presence of the material in the first place.
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It doesn't matter how it got there , what matters is the end result caused by the EPA .
Stu , I'm surprised you didn't blame it on the political right too .
Here is another one of my favorite arms of the fed.
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