It is a fact of life. Either not enough or too much of almost anything is harmful. Water most certainly is a good example. Too little and we die of thirst. Too much and we drown. Nonetheless, we usually do not think of water as a pollutant. Here is the dictionary definition.
n : waste matter that contaminates the water or air or soil
It is a stretch, but with a little contriving, we could define water as waste matter, how could water contaminate itself? Well, believe it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thought it possible.
Attorney General Cuccinelli announces legal victory against EPA attempt to regulate water itself as a pollutant
– Victory will save Virginia taxpayers estimated $300 million plus –
RICHMOND (January 3, 2013) – Late this afternoon, a federal judge accepted arguments made by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate water itself as a pollutant by imposing restrictions on the flow of stormwater into Fairfax County’s Accotink Creek. The effect of this ruling could save Virginia taxpayers more than $300 million in unnecessary costs. (continued here)
Given our nature, we rarely have the inclination to place limit our own power. Therefore, the EPA sought a solution that ridiculously increased its own power. Thus, we need to observe what stopped the EPA. Our state government fought back. Here our state government served as a check on our Federal Government. Because our leaders are only human and subject to temptation, unless we divide government power between different branches of governments and different levels of government, we risk tyranny.
Here are some news stories on the subject.
- Federal judge rules against EPA stormwater regulation
- Virginia wins legal victory against EPA overreach on water runoff
- Judge Slaps Down EPA Bid to Regulate Water as a Pollutant