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EPA Power Grab




Cue Irwin M. Fletcher … because some wages are about to be seriously garnished if Barack Obama’s administration gets its way.

The already overreaching U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is attempting to further extend its regulatory authority to include the preemptive garnishing of paychecks of those who allegedly violate its mandates.  And get this: The agency’s new rule, which its bureaucrats claim is not a “significant regulatory action” (and thereby not subject to review), would be implemented without a court order.

Translation?  The EPA can take your money simply by accusing you of violating one of its rules .

Or in its own words, “garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”

News of the rule change – which the agency tried to sneak into the Federal Register – was first reported on by The Washington Times .  Barring “adverse public comments,” the controversial edict will take effect on September 2.

When Obama took office in 2009, the EPA assessed more than $97 million in fines annually.  By 2012 that total had soared to $252 million – an increase of more than 160 percent.

The EPA has come under fire from limited government advocates for its efforts to administratively impose job-crippling regulations that Congress explicitly refused to impose  legislatively.

Earlier this year, Nathan Mehrens of Americans for Limited Government referred to the EPA as “a rogue, unaccountable and extra-legal bureaucracy” guilty of “kowtowing to the overreaching, out-of-control enviro-radical agenda.”

He’s absolutely right … which is why it needs to be done away with.

This is nothing but preemptive theft based on nothing more than an allegation – the sort of suspension of due process that should chill the spine of any American business owner.

We hope U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) – one of the EPA’s most aggressive critics in the U.S. Congress – is all over this latest effort by the agency to unilaterally impose its will on the American free market.