In Either Language, Water ‘Framework’ Is More EPA Overeach

By April 28, 2011Regulations

Writing in English, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post reports “EPA proposes stricter controls on water pollution“:

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it will impose stricter pollution controls on millions of acres of wetlands and tens of thousands of miles of streams.

The new guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency, which will be codified in a federal regulation later this year, could prevent the dumping of mining waste and the discharge of industrial pollutants to waters that feed swimming holes and drinking water supplies. The specific restriction will depend on the waterway.

Writing in Washington bureaucratese , the EPA announces, “Obama Administration Affirms Comprehensive Commitment to Clean Water“:

WASHINGTON – Recognizing the importance of clean water and healthy watersheds to our economy, environment and communities, the Obama administration released a national clean water framework today that showcases its comprehensive commitment to protecting the health of America’s waters. The framework emphasizes the importance of partnerships and coordination with states, local communities, stakeholders and the public to protect public health and water quality, and promote the nation’s energy and economic security.

We expect a new pronouncement of economy-sapping regulation almost every day from the EPA, but does it have to be so soul-sapping, too?

The National Association of Manufacturing’s Mahta Mahdavi explains why the proposal is the latest example of bad regulation to come from the Imperial EPA in the Shopfloor post below, “The EPA Muddies the Water With Its Clean Water Act Guidance.”

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