‘We’ll Observe Earth Day When the EPA Observes the Law,’ Small Business Federation Declares

By MRCTV, Special for  USDR.
“We’ll observe Earth Day when the EPA observes the law,” the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), which represents 350,000 small and independent business owners, said today. “The President could do something meaningful tomorrow by sending the Waters Rule back to the EPA to be analyzed for its impact on small businesses,” said NFIB Senior Manager of Regulatory Policy Dan  Bosch.

The EPA recently submitted to the White House its final rule expanding the Clean Water Act, adopted by Congress three decades ago to protect navigable waterways like rivers and bays.  Under the rule, the agency could have jurisdiction over virtually any water no matter how local, including backyard streams, farmers’ ponds and even creek beds and depressions that are only wet for a few days a  year.

Regulatory agencies are supposed to assess how new rules will affect small businesses.  In this case, however, the EPA bypassed that  step.

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