EPA Threatens Welder Andy Johnson with $75,000 per day for home-made pond
“Fairness and due process require the EPA base its compliance order on more than an assumption,” they wrote. “Instead of treating Mr. Johnson as guilty until he proves his innocence by demonstrating his entitlement to the Clean Water Act section 404 (f)(1)(C) stock pond exemption, EPA should make its case that a dam was built and that the Section 404 exemption does not apply.”
The EPA told FoxNews.com that it is reviewing the senators' letter. "We will carefully evaluate any additional information received, and all of the facts regarding this case," a spokeswoman for the agency said.
The authority of the EPA has recently been called into question over proposed rule changes that would redefine what bodies of water the government agency will oversee under the Clean Water Act.
The proposed changes would give the agency a say in ponds, lakes, wetlands and any stream -- natural or manmade -- that would have an effect on downstream navigable waters on both public land and private property. “If the compliance order stands as an example of how EPA intends to operate after completing its current ‘waters of the United States’ rulemaking, it should give pause to each and every landowner throughout the country,” the letter states.
For now, the matter remains unresolved. Johnson says he’s not budging and there’s been no indication from the EPA they will withdraw the compliance order.
Regardless of the outcome, Johnson says his legal fight with the government agency is a teachable moment for his kids
“This is showing them that they shouldn’t back down,” Johnson said. “If you need to stand up and fight, you do it.”
The EPA overstepping personal property rights, in my opinion, is a department with far too much funding. Somebody take an axe to the Wyoming sector of it please! LOTG friends, you know what to do... make the calls, do inquiries, post the information of who needs 10,000 phone calls and I'll put the info out there. ~DW Offgridjourney@gmail.com