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Wetlands: a legislative inundation

Something called the Clean Water Restoration Act has just sailed through the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee which would restore a very, very liberal reading to the scope of federal wetlands regulation. Remember how "navigable waters of the U.S." was interpreted to include seasonally moist prairie patches, and how the courts eventually balked at that? Well, the bill solves that problem by just eliminating the concept of navigability, leaving the government free to regulate as wetlands "such things as puddles on farms and other private property around the nation". R.J. Smith at CEI "Open Market" explains.

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Manhattan Institute


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