SC ATTORNEY GENERAL OPPOSES EPA’S “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES” RULE
|| By FITSNEWS || S.C. attorney general Alan Wilson has joined a multi-state effort aimed at undoing yet another overreach on the part of the administration of Barack Obama.
Wilson and the attorneys general of several other states are challenging the so-called “Waters of the United States” rule – which Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to implement in an effort to dramatically extend its regulatory authority over private property.
According to Wilson, the rule “unlawfully expands the federal government’s regulatory reach over local streams, lands and farms.”
He’s correct. In fact the U.S. Supreme Court (before it started lurching left in an effort to accommodate Obama) agreed. Twice.
“The Supreme Court has twice struck down agency attempts to do precisely this,” Rick Manning – president of Americans for Limited Government (ALG) – said last month when the proposed rule was announced. ” “This is just the latest dictate from an agency that simply does whatever it pleases. Now it will once again be up to federal courts to safeguard the rule of law and protect all Americans from a regulatory regime so severe it will claim dominion over every puddle on their properties and threaten the viability of U.S. agriculture.”
According to Wilson, the EPA’s latest attempted overreach would carry a high financial cost for Palmetto State businesses.
“The results of this rule will carry a tremendous cost to our state, our economy, and our families,” he said in a statement. “Road project mitigation costs alone could range from $180,000 to $2.8 million or fines of $37,000 per day. The EPA’s proposed expansion would bring many roadside ditches, small ponds on family farms, water features on golf courses, and storm water systems under extremely burdensome federal regulation. We need more reliable, affordable energy options, not less reliable and more costly ones.”
We concur …
Obama’s rule would carry with it with all sorts of unintended consequences … or, “intended consequences” based on this administration’s track record. Seriously: Is there a power grab Obama hasn’t attempted?
Wilson’s complaint was filed June 30, 2015 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Joining him in this specific challenge were the attorneys general of West Virginia, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Utah and Wisconsin. Similar complaints were filed the previous day in federal courts in Bismarck, N.D., Columbus, Ohio and Houston, Texas involving eighteen other states challenging the same rule.
That’s twenty-seven states by our count …
Good for Wilson and his fellow attorneys general. We support their efforts to rebuke Obama’s overreach, but with Congress and the federal courts firmly in his back pocket … we wonder what their diligence on behalf of private citizens will ultimately amount to.