Tavares, FL August 26, 2015
Property Rights EPA land grab: Dan Peterson, the local Orlando property rights guru, wrote THIS article in Sunshine State News about a new EPA rule that is another Federal Government land grab.
Even if you have flat land and rain water falls on it, they now can claim that is a watershed and can fine you etc. if you try to develop it.
"Own property near a stream or a ditch? If either contribute water to a tributary during rainfall or are located within a half mile of a 100-year floodplain, you may need EPA approval to improve your home or change your landscaping. That means layers of federal bureaucracy and expense will be added to what could have been a simple home improvement project. "
"Now, implementing this rule puts virtually all waters and much of the land in Florida under the control of the Corps and the EPA, nullifying the constitutional limits on federal authority. The EPA and Corps have a history of abusing their power by attempting to expand their authority. On several occasions, the U.S. Supreme Court has admonished them for overreaching. For example, see Rapanos v. United States. "
"According to the U.S. Supreme Court, sudden and expansive interpretations of long-standing laws are unreasonable and should be met with skepticism. The “Waters of the U.S.” rule certainly fits that bill and this expansion of federal power may be unrivaled in American federal regulatory history. "
Read this article and understand how Obama is trying to move control of YOUR land under the EPA regulations, rather than State or local zoning and land use rules.
PS1: "A friend owned a 4 acre lot with a single house near Groveland, FL in Lake County. She had a dispute with a neighbor over right away. She then was leveling some ground with a bulldozer in the "back lot". The neighbor reported her to the EPA as modifying a "local wetland", and the EPA came out and made her stop under threats of big fines. She sold the land and moved. There never was any type of warning that her land was subject to EPA actions, and she had been paying County property taxes on full value of the four acres. So, several things are wrong with the EPA. They don't warn people their land is subject to EPA actions which should also be reported to the local County assessor so he reduces the taxable value of the land. Taxpayers need to sue for the County back property taxes if EPA actions reduce the value of their land and were not disclosed when they bought the land.""
PS2: Here is another EPA "Power grab" issued this week in an 11-minute Cato Institute radio podcast about grabbing control of the US power grid. One point is the EPA is setting short deadlines for compliance, which means that lawsuits to stop them will be decided years from now after the damage is done.