Water is not a pollutant: Common sense wins
Virginia's Republican attorney general has won a victory for common sense, convincing a federal judge that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can't consider water a “pollutant” under the Clean Water Act. And even though he's running for governor, Democrats are applauding, too.
Ken Cuccinelli sued the EPA over its attempt to regulate stormwater flowing into Fairfax County's Accotink Creek, according to Breitbart Big Government. Last week, U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady found the EPA overstepped its authority: “Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it.”
The ruling will save Fairfax County and Virginia taxpayers $300 million or more, according to Mr. Cuccinelli. And nobody's happier about the ruling and those savings than the Democrats who control the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The board joined the Virginia Department of Transportation as co-plaintiff in the case, The Washington Times reports.
Wrote Cuccinelli, in an email to Breitbart: “You can't make this kind of thing up, but it's exactly the kind of nonsense Washington is imposing on states day after day after day, and it has got to stop!” Fairfax County's Democrat leaders siding with him underlines how plainly idiotic — and overreaching — the EPA stance was in this case.
Here's hoping more state- and local-level politicians bridge partisan divides to oppose the Obama EPA's science-flouting and ever-growing micromanagement of Americans' lives.
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