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The Environmental Protection Agency sure has a long arm. Want proof?
The agency has asserted unprecedented power over the private sector while turning a blind eye to both the federal rulemaking process and its directives from Congress. For starters, there’s the Clean Power Plan's carbon emission standards, which did not take into account input from the business community and will consequently put a drain on the American economy.
What about the EPA’s proposal to further tighten ozone standards across the country, lowering the acceptable threshold of surface-level ozone in the atmosphere from 75 parts per billion (an already strict limit set in 2008) to between 65 and 70 parts per billion? While that may sound like a minor tweak, it would result in more than 300 U.S. counties falling into the "nonattainment" category, with another 200 counties at risk of not meeting (as in, hovering dangerously close to) the new ozone standard.
And under a rule finalized earlier this year, the agency can claim jurisdiction over any "waters" that are deemed to be adjacent to streams, wetlands and creeks, essentially stripping away broad regulatory power from states and local jurisdictions. In the process, the EPA has opened landowners and ranchers up to a host of new permitting requirements, as well as potentially devastating fines and lawsuits.