The American Conservative Party, as a part of its effort to preserve property rights in the United States, and limit the gross overreach of the Federal Government in the affairs of the States and individuals, support S. 890, The Defense of Environment and Property Act, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (KY):
S. 890: A bill to clarify the definition of navigable waters, and for other purposes.
Since original iteration of the “Clean Water Act” in 1972, there is a long train of abuses by the Federal Government (and the EPA in particular) in the way in which it has expanded its reach beyond “navigable waters” to include…well, anything it wants.
One could argue soundly that the Federal Government does not have the authority Constitutionally to regulate water quality in any way that doesn’t definitively affect interstate commerce, but it certainly can’t do it without being consistent about what kinds of bodies of water it can regulate.
State regulatory agencies are more than capable of handling the job of managing isolated pollution regulation in their respective waterways, and the burden of proof on what constitutes a body of water worthy of Federal intervention lies with the Federal Government, and not with the property owner.
We support the clarification of what types of waterways the EPA (and other agencies, such as the Army Corps of Engineers) can rationally consider under its purview, and thus support S.890.
This is part of our ongoing effort to fight not only the EPA’s egregious behavior over the years, but in general the entire so-called “Sustainability” effort which seeks to usurp individual property rights and freedoms under the premise of environmental protection. For more information on how we seek to advocate for property rights, please stay tuned to sustainliberty.us. To write a letter to your Congressman or Senator and encourage them to support this bill, fill out he form below. And don’t forget to join the ACP.