WaExaminer- Last Thursday, property owners across America sighed in relief when a federal judge in North Dakota enjoined the Environmental Protection Agency from putting its new Waters of the U.S. rule into effect.
Federal District Judge Ralph Erickson wrote that a delay to the rule, which redefines the Clean Water Act to dramatically expand EPA jurisdiction, “is in the best interests of the public” because it gives the courts an opportunity to decide the issue on the merits.
But instead of backing down as the court ordered, Obama’s EPA went full speed ahead on Friday, announcing it would apply its new rule anyway in the 37 states not specifically involved in that case. (Some states are suing in other federal courts). Although the new rule is neither urgent nor even necessary, the agency that just caused the worst case of river pollution in recent history can’t wait one more minute to begin usurping more authority. Not even if the pause is “in the public interest.” MORE