• The PPJ Gazette
Oberstars bill targeted the term “navigable waterways” and replaced each and every instance of that term with the term “waters of the United States” contained in the “Federal Water Pollution Control Act” of 1972. “Waters of the United States” would of course include water from any source whatsoever, occurring any place at any time. This one phrase would be so loosely interpreted that no boundaries on federal encroachment could apply.
Oberstars admitted intention was to overturn two previous Court rulings from 2001 when the Supreme Court issued the first of the two saying that the Clean Water Act’s use of “navigable” limits the government’s oversight to major rivers, lakes and similar waterways.
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