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Stossel says EPA on spree to grab private property

The EPA issues hundreds of pages of new regulations, some of which allow the agency to seize private property.
The EPA issues hundreds of pages of new regulations, some of which allow the agency to seize private property.
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As if we did not know already, Fox Business Network personality John Stossel reported on his weekly Thursday night show that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently on a spree to grab private property. The agency is using its rules and regulations on wetlands and waterways to seize property, informing the owners they no longer have a legal right to possess land or water on their own property.

But the difference between Stossel's expose last Thursday and the common rumors about the heavy handedness of the EPA is that Stossel provided names, court orders, lawsuits, not to mention on-air interviews with some of the key victims of the EPA's heavy handed tactics. Full documentation is now available for anyone to research the illegal, tyrannical activity of the EPA.

Stossel interviewed at least half a dozen or so citizens who have been harassed, hauled into court, and had their property taken from them by yet another rogue agency of the Obama administration. In some cases the victims were told they had no legal recourse to contest these criminal actions.

But some fought the federal government and won. Thus, citizens do have legal recourse no matter what they are told by the EPA. The government does not have the power or authority to seize the land of citizens except in the case of eminent domain, which has also been greatly abused.

Perhaps the most shocking revelation of the Stossel program, however, is an interview Stossel conducted with Jay Lehr, Ph.D., of the Heartland Institute. Lehr was the nation's first Ph.D. in the emerging field of groundwater hydrology back in the 1960s. Lehr was also, interestingly enough, among the first of the scientists of that era to note that the United States had no system in place to monitor the quality of the air, drinking water, and surface water, along with potential pollutants caused by mining companies.

Lehr was then asked by certain government officials to serve on a panel that would investigate the extent to which pollution had infested the water and air and to explore the possibility of a new agency that would provide complete oversight in matters pertaining to the full spectrum of environmental protection.

In 1971 the group gained the approval of Congress to establish what would be known as the EPA. Richard Nixon, a Republican, was president at the time.

The first 10 years of the EPA's work saw a plethora of new laws that would place limits on pollutants in drinking water, surface water, and the air. Industries would need to monitor their own pollutants and take measures to drastically reduce it. Some of these laws have been highly controversial and remain so to this day. But others provided positive relief from pollutants that were making citizens sick.

However, Lehr himself admits that after only one decade, the EPA had basically outlived its usefulness. By 1980 the agency had been hijacked by nothing more than environmentalist extremists who wished to address not only pollution but the industries behind it. Their ultimate goal was to destroy the coal, oil, and gas industries. Thus, the EPA underwent a distinct change. It was no longer strictly a scientific arm of the federal government that was charged with monitoring pollution, but it had taken on the characteristics of the most extremist collectivist enviro-terrorists that were operating to implement their program of the complete destruction of capitalism. So it remains to this day.

Lehr told Stossel flatly that the EPA has done nothing good or needful since 1980 and that the agency needs to be gradually phased out over a five year period. He would agree to keep a skeleton crew at the agency to continue the original scientific goals of the EPA but get rid of the environmentalist extremists who have a purely political agenda, most of which has nothing to do with science.

Lehr has gone into great detail explaining how all of this would work in his scholarly paper at The Heartland Institute.

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