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  • EPA Violates Law With Wotus Promotion

    by Representative Glenn Thompson

    Posted on 2015-12-15

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    THOMPSON of Pennsylvania asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, this week the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, found that the Environmental Protection Agency broke Federal laws by promoting its highly controversial waters of the United States rule.

    While I agree that the Clean Water Act needs clarifying, this rule would drastically expand Federal jurisdiction beyond the historical limits of the law and would apply to State and ephemeral waters. The rule would greatly increase the costs of permitting and trigger new environmental reviews and litigation.

    Thankfully, this disastrous rule was put on hold nationwide by a Federal Court ruling earlier this year. In its finding, the GAO said that this was an attempt by the EPA to spread ``covert propaganda'' by directing Internet users to the Web sites of environmental groups in support of the WOTUS rule.

    This illegal attempt to gain congressional support for the rule--and to sway public opinion--undermines the integrity of the rulemaking process, and it shows just how unprecedented this vast expansion of the EPA's power really is.


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