Collins hammers EPA over Waters of the U.S. proposal

The Daily News, July 11, 2014

Congressman Chris Collins Wednesday questioned Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Robert W. Perciasepe, at a Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on the EPA’s overreaching rule proposal entitled “Definition of the ‘Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.”

“The problem is the public doesn’t trust the EPA, farmers don’ trust the EPA not to overreach, Congress doesn’t trust the EPA,” Collins, R-Clarence, said during Wednesday’s hearing.

 Here is the full text of Collins’ line of questioning.

“Deputy Administrator Perciasepe and the EPA fail to recognize that their agency’s overreach is causing real harm for farmers and stalling business development across our country,” said Congressman Collins. “When I visit with farmers in my district, the heavy burdens under the Clean Water Act come up each and every time. When the bureaucrats at the EPA decide to call a divot in the ground that fills with rain a ‘navigable waterway’ under the CWA, we know our federal government has run amok. The fact that the EPA and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers are now looking to formally broaden the definition of ‘navigable waters’ is an insult to hard working farmers all across this country.”

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