The Obama administration announced a new rule last week which heavily regulate small waterways. It has congressional Republicans steaming and a constitutional fight over the regulations may be ensuing.
The new edict, according to the EPA, is intended to protect small streams and wetlands from population and thus guarantee clean drinking water for some 117 million Americans.
But Republicans critics argue it is just another example of federal government overreach that has become so characteristic of the Obama administration’s EPA and other agencies.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) has promised to fight the overreach with legislative curbs. He aims to fight on the water regulation and other EPA rules including limits on both carbon and smog emissions.
The carbon emission limits threaten to put coal plants out of business while the smog limits promise to raise electricity rates for all Americans.