LANSING, Mich—Sen. Tom Casperson on Thursday introduced a pair of resolutions to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) to withdraw their proposed rule expanding the definition of “waters of the United States.”
Citing limits on their authority as previously found by the U.S. Supreme Court on multiple occasions, Casperson, R-Escanaba, introduced the resolutions to defend states’ Tenth Amendment rights and limit another federal power-grab by bureaucrats to significantly expand environmental regulations on areas such as ditches and man-made ponds.
“The EPA continues their disregard for private property and states’ rights by writing rules that go well above and beyond their authority under the Clean Water Act,” said Casperson. “This has become all too common of a practice for departments and agencies, especially on the federal level, as they seek to implement their agendas, which are typically the same as environmental organizations seeking to limit private property rights and use of our natural resources.”
More than 230 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Dr. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, recently sent a letter to the EPA administrator and Army Corps secretary asking them to forego the proposed rules.
“The EPA’s ‘Waters of the U.S.’ proposal represents more regulatory overreach by President Obama that doesn’t do anything to truly protect our water resources. I am working with my colleagues to keep this rule from being implemented, because I don’t want it to hurt the hard-working families and small businesses in Northern Michigan. From farmers to timber companies to home builders—this proposal has wide ranging economic impacts,” said Dr. Benishek.
“The efforts by Congress to oppose the EPA and Army Corps’ actions on these rules are very important to Michigan as these expanded regulations would unduly burden individuals and businesses across our state,” said Casperson. “Instead of seeking to regulate even more state waters, the EPA should be working with Congress to bring true clarity to the law, not regulate more.”
Senate Resolution 147 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 were referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee for further consideration.