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Rand Paul op-ed in Washington Times: EPA regulations violate constitutional rights

This is from Thursday last week but I don't think it was ever posted here and it deserve some attention. Very good piece by Rand.

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PAUL: EPA regulations violate constitutional rights
Out-of-control agency turns everyday life into a federal crime

By Sen. Rand Paul - The Washington Times
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Since its creation in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has done more harm than good. EPA regulations cost more than 5 percent of our annual gross domestic product - the equivalent of the costs of defense and homeland security combined. Since EPA regulations have expanded, unemployment in America has increased by 33 percent. This abuse of power by the implementation of regulations infringes upon our basic constitutional rights.

There have been too frequent reports of individual rights being violated by abusive and power-hungry EPA bureaucrats. These regulations have hampered landowners’ ability to manage their private property as they please and have impaired job creation. Americans are suffering from the overreach of regulatory agencies such as the EPA.

In Pennsylvania, take the story of John Pozsgai, an immigrant from Hungary, who worked as a mechanic and eventually saved enough money to purchase the land bordering his home in Morrisville, Pa. This land was an old auto junkyard, and Mr. Pozsgai, taking pride in his home, proceeded to clean up this landfill by removing 7,000 old tires and rusted-out automobiles. However, the EPA did not view this effort as a clean-up but rather a violation of the Clean Water Act. You see, Mr. Pozsgai’s property was a wetland, ambiguously defined by the EPA as any property that has some sort of connection to a wetland. That connection to a wetland was a small drainage ditch located on the edge of his property.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/31/epa-regulati...



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Thoroughly horrifying that

Thoroughly horrifying that stories like these can occur in a free society. While stories like these may currently be rare, they are only going to get more common as the government continues to grow more powerful as time goes on (unless we do something to stop it)