Senate Slams WOTUS as 'Extreme Overreach'
September 23, 2016

In a report released Sept. 20, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works had some strong words against the expansion of jurisdiction claimed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with regards to the Clean Water Act.

Case studies presented to the committee - www.epw.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/99dc0f4b-50a8-4b9e-a604-cb720e7f19bc/wotus-committee-report-final1.pdf - demonstrate new regulation that defines "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) will codify many of the most extreme overreaches of federal authority asserted by these agencies."

In an extreme example, the Corps asserted jurisdiction over a dirt road that had tire ruts which collected rainwater - and therefore was considered wetlands.

The reach of federal authority claimed by EPA and the Corps is "ominous," the report concluded.

Reprinted in part from cattlenetwork.com