U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has just introduced legislation designed to rein in out-of- control federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The bill, S.2122, if enacted, will be a vital blow to the enforcement of radical environmental/Agenda 21- inspired regulations. The bill is called the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 (S.2122). Senator Rand Paul’s legislation will do the following:
Redefine “navigable waters” to explicitly clarify that waters must actually be navigable in fact, or “permanent, standing, or continuously flowing bodies of water that form geographical features commonly known as streams, oceans, rivers and lakes that are connected to waters that are navigable-in- fact.”
Excludes ephemeral or intermittent streams – the streams that sometimes form when rain falls – from federal jurisdiction.
Restrains the EPA and Army Corps from regulating or “interpreting” the definition of a navigable water without Congressional authorization.
Protects the rights of states to have primary authority over the land and water within their borders.
Prohibits federal agents from entering private property without the express consent of the landowner.
Requires the government to pay double the value of the land to any landowner whose property value is diminished by a wetlands designation.
Americans have a fundamental right to private property. I urge you to contact your Senators and Congressmen and ask them to co-sponsor S. 2122, the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012.
Nick Bell —– Latonia
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