Once again, the Environmental Protection Agency is targeting Texas with their new "rules".
Imagine losing control over your stock tank, pond or running water on your property?
EPA cites "The Clear Water Act" and "Endangered Species Act" as a basis for their regulation.
WOAI has the full story.
Proposed Increased Regulation of Private Waters Worries Texas Farmers
EPA wants to extend regulatory control to stock tanks, 'mud holes'
Jim Forsyth ~ WOAI San Antonio
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Texas farmers and cattle raisers are worried about a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to extend it’s control of bodies of water to include drainage ditches, backyard ponds, and even mud holes and stock tanks, in the name of enforcing the provisions of the ‘Clear Water Act,’ 1200 WOAI news reports.
“The proposed guidance does not present sufficient legal or scientific evidence to justify the need for such drastic expansion of CWA jurisdiction,” said Joe Parker, Hr., president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. “This represents yet another attempt by the federal government to overreach statutory authority and ignore the private property rights of landowners.”
The EPA has long complained that chemicals and other items from private stock tanks, ponds, and so called ‘intermittent streams’ flow into the rivers and lakes which are already regulated by the CWA, and pollute the bodies of water. Without control over the tributaries, the EPA says, the pollution cannot be properly contained. ....read the full story here.
posted by Jeff ~ 8.3.2011