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house Bill H.R. 594

Prohibiting the EPA From Regulating Water

Argument in favor

Prevents the EPA from over-regulating national bodies of water like ponds, lakes, canals, rivers. Shields water-heavy industries like agriculture.

Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/02/2015
Who has conspired with nature to deny water to the salad basket of the nation-- California inland valleys? The EPA and Nancy Pelosi. Who has benefitted ? The Delta Smelt?
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01/03/2016
During the BP oil spill the Dutch offered the use of 4 skimmers that would remove oil and water together from the Gulf. For 50 days crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico the EPA would not allow the skimmers to be used because the agency’s regulations prohibited water with oil to be pumped back into the ocean... Tell me again how the EPA protects our waters?
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John's Opinion
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06/26/2015
Reduce red tape and regulations. Shut down the EPA and allow the States to manage the environment.
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Argument opposed

Significantly weakens the ability of the EPA to regulate bodies of water, especially when dealing with agricultural runoff in drainage ditches.

Dan's Opinion
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04/25/2015
The idea that EPA shouldn't hold ultimate regulatory authority over all water issues is so patently absurd and ignorant it's shocking. Update: Flint is what happens when you let immoral, anti-regulation, criminal Republicans be in charge of the public health, welfare and safety without oversight.
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Larry's Opinion
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04/01/2015
I don't believe water can be "over-regulated", the need for oversight is too great to give big agriculture or industry a pass on what they do to our water.
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Richard's Opinion
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03/06/2015
As a Christian, i believe that water is one of Gods greatest gifts to us, and it is our job to protect, and preserve this gift
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  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Water Resources and Environment
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 594?

This bill would change how the nation’s water supplies are regulated and administered.

Most significantly, it would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act. This would prohibit these two agencies from regulating numerous bodies of water. In addition, this legislation would
implement:
  • A stronger definition for the types of waters protected by the Clean Water Act under the Federal Register.
  • Clarifications on how the EPA and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers identify waters that should be protected.
  • Guidelines for certain types of discharges produced by agricultural conservation practices that don’t require special permits.

Impact

People who use bodies of water, farmers, the agricultural industry, waterways, marshlands, other bodies of water, The Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 594

No significant effects on discretionary spending or revenues.

More Information

In Depth:

Earlier this year, the EPA proposed revising the Clean Water Act (CWA) to give it regulatory control over all waterways that are “hydrologically connected.” Opponents of this revision, like Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, argue that the EPA is overreaching its power:

“In effect, the minute a drop of rain touches a pond, well, ditch, stream bed, or even puddle, the EPA could claim the right to regulate it.”

Proponents of this bill claim that the EPA would use its extended authority to over-regulate farming, which would harm agriculture and trigger higher food prices.

Under the current CWA, the EPA and the Corps serve as co-regulators of national bodies of water. Although this bill is designed to prevent regulatory overreach, it would also weaken the ability of the government to enforce the CWA.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) Press Release

The Blaze

High Lands Today

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia user Charles O’Rear)

AKA

Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2015

Official Title

To preserve existing rights and responsibilities with respect to waters of the United States, and for other purposes.

    The idea that EPA shouldn't hold ultimate regulatory authority over all water issues is so patently absurd and ignorant it's shocking. Update: Flint is what happens when you let immoral, anti-regulation, criminal Republicans be in charge of the public health, welfare and safety without oversight.
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    I don't believe water can be "over-regulated", the need for oversight is too great to give big agriculture or industry a pass on what they do to our water.
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    As a Christian, i believe that water is one of Gods greatest gifts to us, and it is our job to protect, and preserve this gift
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    During the BP oil spill the Dutch offered the use of 4 skimmers that would remove oil and water together from the Gulf. For 50 days crude oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico the EPA would not allow the skimmers to be used because the agency’s regulations prohibited water with oil to be pumped back into the ocean... Tell me again how the EPA protects our waters?
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    I like clean water, what about you!!
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    Toledo Ohio didnt have drinking water for weeks last year because of the algae blooms caused by farmers' fertilizer and/or pesticides. . Corporate farmers are just pissed off that they have to figure out a way to add nutrients to their soil WITHOUT causing algae blooms that make our water undrinkable. sorry, you dont get rid of an agencys ability to regulate just because you dont like their requirements.
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    Who has conspired with nature to deny water to the salad basket of the nation-- California inland valleys? The EPA and Nancy Pelosi. Who has benefitted ? The Delta Smelt?
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    NO! This will help evil companies like Nestle and Monsanto to monopolize water! VOTE NO! Water IS a human right. The government must protect our right to clean, fresh, and affordable public water supplies.
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    Reduce red tape and regulations. Shut down the EPA and allow the States to manage the environment.
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    We shouldn't restrict the EPA from doing one of it's main jobs, regulating and controlling environmental issues, giving the EPA less authority to do its job is not a smart move.
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    Anything that prohibits the EPA from doing more harm to our economy is good public policy!
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    They don't do their job right now, get rid of this wasteful EPA and talk with the folks who can inform you based on real facts. They are called Scientists
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    We can't expect corporations to protect water supplies
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    The idea that water - the root source of all life on our planet - should not be regulated by the government agency expressly created to protect and sustain our country's natural resources is absurd. Without regulation, there is no means of protecting water sources from exploitation like what Nestle is responsible for in my home state of California.
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    This gives the EPA clearer definition of what a watershed is. Enough of interpretive regulations. Congress should improve all new regulations and make sure they are clean-cut definitions.
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    The EPA is yet another bloated, overbearing government organization that is constantly looking for new ways to insert itself where it does not belong. Only locals have the in-depth knowledge necessary to balance the needs of communities. All functions not specifically addressed by the Constitution, as it was written, should be left to the States.
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    EPA should regulate water!
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    The EPA is the agency that is charged with protecting our environment and keeping our planet safe for life to continue on our planet. It is important that they have the ability and authority to protect our environment.
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    The EPA can't be trusted with power over our drinking water, they've proven that.
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    Why would we grant "ultimate authority over water" to the same agency that (1) created the California drought, (2) failed to protect Flint MI, and (3) 'accidentally' poisoned the water supply of Native Americans?
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