The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is now holding a full committee hearing on S. 1870, the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007. The bill represents a frightening expansion of federal control over wet spots around the country, making regulators and bureaucrats the decision-makers over what happens to businesses and farms …and tens of thousands of projects critical to a functioning economy.
The NAM’s vice president for regulatory affairs, Rosario Palmieri, puts it succinctly: “It will stop the development of all critically needed transportation and energy infrastructure.
David P. Brand, sanitary engineer, Madison County, Ohio, explains in his testimony for the National Association of Counties how the measure is so radical:
NACo has strong concerns with the CWR because we fear that it would drastically expand federal clean water act jursdiction. Additionally, we believe it would create significant bureaucratic obstacles and lead to increased costs to counties without enhancing environmental protections of waterways and wetlands.
Rather than cleaning up our nation’s waters, we are concerned that CWR moves far beyond this universally agreed on principle. The bill is essentially a one-size fits all approach, changing every area within the Clean Water Act. Removing the word “navigable” from the definition of the act will have expensive, far-reaching and unintended consequences for local as well as state governments.
Seriously: Federal government control over all waters.
Also eye-opening is the testimony of Randall P. Smith of Smith 6-S Livestock in Montana.
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