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Last week, hydrologist and Science Director of The Heartland Institute, Dr. Jay Lehr participated in a roundtable discussion on Steel on Steel – a weekly program dedicated to “the sharpening of ideas, news, commentary, interview, information and debate.” Lehr and president of Less Government, Seton Motley, were brought on to talk about the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreach and regulations.
In the light of the Gold King mine spill – an incident where actions by the EPA resulted in the dumping of millions of gallons of waste into the Animas River in Colorado – Steel on Steel host John Loeffler brings on Lehr and Motley to dissect the power and responsibilities of the EPA.
Lehr discusses his plan to dismantle the federal EPA over a five year span. Lehr explains that the EPA is the “worst overreaching agency in the federal government.” His plan would revert the necessary powers of the EPA to state equivalents.
The roundtable also discusses the Waters of the United States Act, which gives the EPA jurisdiction over all bodies of water, even – as Lehr explains – puddles that form after a rainstorm.