11/10/15 EPA Recklessness
Design plan. Check.
Obtain state permit. Check.
Consult state engineers. Check.
Excavate dirt. Check.
Fill with fresh water. Check.
Allow state inspections. Check.
Hello. Iâ€™m Mark Hyman.
Wyoming farmer Andy Johnson followed a checklist much like that one when he built a stock pond on his farm. To provide a clean source of fresh water for his livestock. An intermittent 8-inch deep creek â€“ exempt from the Clean Water Act [under Rapanos v. United States] — provided fresh water. [Six-Mile Creek terminates one-third of a mile away in a manmade canal from which the water is used for farm irrigation. The nearest navigable waterway that falls under EPA jurisdiction is nearly 100 miles away.]
Independent lab tests show water leaving the pond is three times cleaner than water entering it. Improving downstream water quality.
Because it created a wetlands where one didnâ€™t previously exist, Johnson stocked it with fish and waterfowl. A remarkable environmental accomplishment.
But the Environmental Protection Agency claimed he violated the Clean Water Act. It didnâ€™t matter that stock ponds are exempt from the law and the stream wasnâ€™t under the EPAâ€™s jurisdiction. Fill it in, they ordered. When he didnâ€™t, they fined him $37,500. Per day. Johnson currently owes more than $20 million.
The EPA is out-of-control. It doesnâ€™t employ farmers. Outdoorsmen. Or people who know the real-world environment. Itâ€™s full of Washington lawyers, bureaucrats and environmental extremists. Who ignore the law. And make it up as they go.
[Here is more on the foolishness of the EPA.]
They can crush virtually anyone with illegal orders and ruinously expensive fines. Most people are forced to surrender.
Andy Johnson is fighting back. Heâ€™s suing the EPA.