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New EPA water regulations a menace to economic security

Dec 11, 2015 U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, Washington, D.C.

Editor:

States already know best how to manage their water and they don't need the Environmental Protection Agency to over-regulate one of Wyoming's most precious resources. The Senate voted 53-44 to disapprove of the EPA's waters of the United States rule, crafted to allow the agency to regulate every pond, puddle and ditch in the United States.

The overregulation by the EPA and this administration have to be stopped. By passing this resolution of disapproval, we sent a message to the president, his administration and all its bureaucrats.

The EPA water rule is a prime example of a federal agency coming up with regulations that are a menacing threat to this country's economic security and success.

What America needs now is a smaller, less burdensome regulatory framework that will permit our nation's economy to thrive.

Wyoming has joined 30 other states in suing the EPA and Corps of Engineers to block the waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, and earlier this year a U.S. District Court judge ruled that "the rule asserts jurisdiction over waters that are remote and intermittent waters.

What the EPA is doing is more about control than protection. For the sake of farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and small businesses it is time to stop this outrageous regulation.

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