SIXTH CIRCUIT BLOCKS EPA OVERREACH …
In a major defeat for the chronically overreaching administration of president Barack Obama, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has blocked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s “dominion over every puddle” rule.
That’s not surprising seeing as the judicial branch has consistently blocked this rule in the past – ruling that bodies of water must have a “significant nexus” to navigable waterways to fall under the purview of Washington, D.C.
Nonetheless Obama and the EPA pushed forward – seeking to rewrite the law (and overturn prior rulings) via the so-called “Waters of the United States” rule.
Their goal? A dramatic escalation of federal power.
The sixth circuit was having none of it, fretting “the sheer breadth of the ripple effects caused by the rule’s definitional changes.”
We addressed this controversial edict earlier this year, arguing that “the EPA should confine itself to (the “significant nexus”) standard and stop trying to expand its authority in defiance of the other two branches of government.”
It didn’t, though … and now it has been struck down by the courts again.
The defeat of this EPA mandate – which opponents like U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina referred to as a “blatant power grab” – is the latest bad news for this rogue bureaucracy.
Two months ago, the agency “accidentally” unleashed a major environmental disaster in multiple Western states when it knocked over a rock retaining dam and spilled millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas River – turning it orange.
Of course that’s not the real “Orange River Conspiracy.”