Obama gives EPA authority over the nation's waterways

Alex Anderson- The Daily Signal

In a controversial use of executive power, the Obama administration has finalized a set of environmental regulations expanding its authority over the nation’s waterways.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers announced the Clean Water Rule, intended to protect the nation’s streams and wetlands from “pollution and degradation.”

In a press release, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the finalization of the rule is a historic step in protecting the nation’s water resources.

“Protecting our water sources is a critical component of adapting to climate change impacts.” McCarthy stated in the press release. “Which is why EPA and the Army have finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect important waters, so we can strengthen our economy and provide certainty to American businesses.”

Daren Bakst, research fellow in agricultural policy at The Heritage Foundation,believes the finalized rule is ambiguous, and will inadvertently affect property owners, making it difficult for many to use their land.

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