Tuesday, June 2, 2015

EPA Sows Discord Amongst States and Native American Tribes

The EPA has no shame when it comes to power grabs.  Recently, this rogue agency proclaimed they have a right to regulate ditches, ponds, and mud puddles in your backyard.  This is a far cry from its original mission established in 1970 and subsequent congressional amendments culminating in the 1977 Clean Water Act.

Congress, in order to overturn a federal regulation, must have a veto proof majority.  This is almost impossible to overcome.   In essence, federal bureaucracies have more power than Congress.  The EPA can promulgate any form of stupidity their environmental activists can dream up, and do so without consequence.

These enviro-brigands have become a political arm of the radical, progressive wing of the Democratic Party.  This agency is intentionally sowing discord amongst states and Native Americans by setting different clean water standards near tribal lands.  The state of Maine is the latest to fall prey to the machinations of an aggressive EPA.  The Bangor Daily News reported the following:

According to Manahan, the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act explicitly states that water quality standards will be determined by the state and that the same set of standards will apply to all Maine residents. The EPA ruling, he added, contradicts the act by calling for a separate set of standards in tribal waters.

Manahan also said the Penobscots’ estimates for the amount of fish that they consume daily are suspect and may be just a distraction from their true objective. What the tribe really wants, he said, is to establish itself as a separate entity within the state of Maine.

“This may just be a mechanism by them to overturn the Settlement Act,” Manahan said. “That’s what I think their ultimate goal is.”

Francis said Tuesday that the EPA decision supports the tribe’s claim that its territory as approved in the 1980 Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act includes all sections of the Penobscot River from the Milford Dam to Millinocket. The tribe’s lawsuit against the state was filed in 2012 after then-Attorney General William Schneider issued an opinion that the Penobscots’ territory was limited to islands in the river and does not extend to the river itself.

So the EPA is setting different standards in different areas of a state for specific people.  Does anyone else find that suspect?


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