May 18, 2016

Congressional testimony on the Clean Water Act

By Damien M. Schiff Senior Attorney

I’ve been invited by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to testify next week before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife.  The hearing, on “Erosion of Exemptions and Expansion of Federal Control — Implementation of the Definition of Waters of the United States,” will be held on Tuesday, May 24, at 2:30 pm in Room 406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  The “Waters of the United States” rule has justly garnered much attention and created much controversy.  But agency abuse of property owners under the Clean Water Act doesn’t end with the jurisdictional disputes surrounding the WOTUS rule.  For that reason, my testimony will focus on how EPA and Corps misuse their authority in ways unaffected by the WOTUS controversies, using real stories from PLF’s cases to highlight that agency misuse.  I hope to see some Liberty Blog readers there!

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