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The EPA must’ve realized they’ve already regulated everything conceivable under the agency’s jurisdiction, because now they’re really grasping at straws in a bizarre attempt to regulate rainfall. Yes, you read that right. More information comes from Steve Doucy of Fox News for backgroud:
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Luckily for the taxpayers a federal judge struck down the proposed regulation, recognizing it as a bridge too far on the absurdity scale.
A federal judge struck down an EPA attempt to regulate stormwater runoff as a breach of authority:
U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady in Alexandria ruled late Thursday that the EPA exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek as a pollutant. O’Grady sided with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which challenged EPA’s stormwater restrictions.
Stating the obvious: water that falls from the sky isn’t a pollutant so bureaucrats can’t regulate it:
‘Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it,’ O’Grady said.
The ruling will save Virginia taxpayers millions of dollars, up to $300 million says Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. EPA bureaucrats took fire from both sides of the aisle this time as Cuccinelli was joined in the fight by the Democratic-controlled Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Cuccinelli argued the EPA’s proposed regulation was “illegal” but the EPA’s stated it plans were “in harmony with the broader purposes” of the Clean Water Act, including “reducing the water quality impacts of stormwater.”
While the EPA wasn’t able to get away with this one, the fact they even tried goes to show that despite the loss of red- tape enthusiast Lisa Jackson the EPA isn’t going to stop burdening us all anytime soon.