Sen Inhofe Takes EPA’s McCarthy to Task Over “Waters of the U.S.”

We’ll say it again: We love Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe. He doesn’t suffer fools and he doesn’t mince words. Sen. Inhofe chaired a joint hearing yesterday in Washington, D.C. where the “guest of honor” (on the hot seat) was EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. You may recall that the EPA, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, has been trying to redefine what is, and isn’t, a “waterway of the United States” as defined in the 1972 Clean Water Act (see Altoona Hearing on Latest EPA Outrage: Redefining Clean Water Act). If the EPA is successful in redefining it away from the originally-intended “waters that can be navigated,” they will have succeeded in making everything bigger than a mud puddle part of the CWA and therefore subject to the EPA and ergo the EPA would be (unconstitutionally) in charge of oil and gas drilling via the back door of the CWA. This move is dangerous and Inhofe knows it. In opening yesterday’s hearing on expanding the meaning of waterways in the U.S., Inhofe gave McCarthy a what-for to her face…

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