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Senators Introduce Bill to Halt EPA Takeover of Water

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Wyoming Senator John Barrasso has introduced a bill that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from taking over all private and state water in the United States.

Barrasso says The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014 prevents the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their March 2014 proposed rule which would significantly expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi and 28 other senators.

Barrasso told KGAB radio that if the Waters of the United States rule goes foward, it will severely restrict homeowners and individual landowners in Wyoming and across the country from making local land and water use decisions.

Barrasso said a majority of Congress already rejected the EPA’s first attempt to make this rule a reality and said the Senate “will continue to do everything possible to permanently eliminate this rule and protect water rights across America.”

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