GOP attack on water rule part of wider bid to ‘rein in’ EPA

KRQE News 13

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country.

Not so, insist Republicans. They say the rule is a massive government overreach that could even subject puddles and ditches to regulation.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is promising to “rein in” the government through legislation or other means.

It’s a threat with a familiar ring.

What else are Capito and other Republicans pledging to try to block?

— the administration’s plan to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants.

— its proposal for stricter limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness

— a separate rule setting the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity.

The rules are among a host of regulations that majority Republicans have targeted for repeal or delay as…

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