G. McConway
January 4, 2023

Joe Biden Quietly Reinstates EPA Rule

Biden has just removed yet another piece of legislation that was put in place by Donald Trump.

Over the holiday weekend, Biden reinstated an EPA rule to protect small streams, wetlands, and waterways as part of the Clean Water Act.

This move by Biden effectively repealed the Trump-era regulations.

Keep It Quiet

When Trump was in office, he basically took the opposite approach that Barack Obama had taken when he was in office in terms of EPA regulations.

The new definitions that Biden created are meant to replace the definitions that were put in place when Obama was president.

On December 28, the Army Corps of Engineers signed off on the new definitions.

The EPA signed off on them the next day.

Trump had reversed the order, considering it overreach by the federal government that was impacting private property owners, including farmers, builders, and oil producers.

These groups have expressed concern about creeks and ravines on private property being regulated by the federal government.

The Trump order was initially tossed by U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Marquez, claiming that public waterways could be damaged if these private waterways fed into them.

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) is trying to fight the new regulations.

LaMalfa stated, "Rural America doesn't need yet another rule giving the federal government more power over farming and private property.

"The federal government shouldn't have jurisdiction to regulate puddles, ditches, seasonal creeks or culverts. All this rule does is make it more difficult to grow food or build anything."

Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) also expressed concerns, stating, "This is a step in the wrong direction from the Biden administration and it infringes on the rights of Montana farmers, ranchers and landowners.

"This overreaching rule threatens Montana ag and natural resources and is unacceptable. I will continue to vigorously fight to protect Montanans from out-of-touch rules handed down from D.C. bureaucrats."

Something tells me this rule will be a like a tennis match dependent upon who is in office at any given time.

Democrats are going to look for more federal protections while Republicans will fight for the rights of individual landowners.

This will go back and forth until one party can get control of all three facets and pass legislation that will stick.

Source: Fox Business

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