Davis annoyed about EPA “Waters of the U.S.” promotion

By Gary Scott on December 29, 2015 at 7:06am

A West Central Illinois Congressman wants the Environmental Protection Agency to be held accountable for recent illegal actions they took.

The EPA is in hot water after an investigation by the Government Accountability Office found they broke federal law in regards to their use of social media to promote the controversial Waters of the United States Rule.

The GOA found the EPA engaged in “covert propaganda” and “grassroots lobbying”, in their use of various social media outlets to rally support for the controversial measure.

Lawmakers are reacting, including 13th District Representative Rodney Davis.

“Well, it is a big deal. They broke the law, and they ought to be held accountable for breaking the law,” says Davis.

“The EPA is doing the administration’s bidding. This administration wants to rule by the regulatory rule-making environment, because they can’t go to Congress. They know that crazy ideas like regulating virtually every trough of water in the United States is not something that’s not going to pass the ‘common sense’ muster and go through the House and Senate,” he continues.

The Greene County Republican added that the data behind Waters of the U.S. is murky at best, and the measure is simply too costly to be put into law without first passing through the chambers of the House and Senate.

“What they’re going to do is implement this Waters of the U.S. rule, and even when I’ve asked the administrator of the EPA and the Corps of Engineers- and actually, former Corps of Engineers employees had dismissed the data that the EPA is using to justify this rule- when I asked them simple questions about how it may affect even homeowners in Central Illinois, they can’t give me answers,” claims Davis.

“This is too big a deal to see put through into basic law without going through the lawmaking process and that’s exactly what this administration has tried to do.”

The one-point-one-trillion-dollar federal spending plan introduced by Congressional leaders Wednesday did not include text blocking the controversial rule.