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"Waters of the US" EPA definition threatens red tape and regulation

Oklahoma call bullshit on EPA ruling regulation of dry ditches under "Clean Water Act". Clearly this is an act, since US waterways are as polluted as human bloodstreams are. See Dirty Water: Can US Clean Up Its Act? Testing two decades prior showed over a third of waters in poor condition, now "a startling 55 percent of monitored waterways in the United States are impaired by pollution — meaning they are not clean enough for healthy recreation, public drinking water and subsistence fishing."

As for the human bloodstream, from the study Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns, the Environmental Working Group found "287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage." Furthermore "180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests." As people suffer from the tenuous and complex adverse reactions to these chemicals, they will vastly use pharmaceuticals which will further pollute waterways. From The Effects of Pharmaceutical Pollution on Water Quality. "Even when waste water makes it to sewage treatment facilities, they aren't equipped to remove pharmaceuticals. As a result, our streams and rivers are exposed to a cocktail of synthetic compounds, from stimulants and antibiotics to analgesics and antihistamines."

No mater how many "Acts" and "Motions" are passed, actual actions in the end, speak louder than words legislated or debated upon by politicians. Despite this rampant destruction of the environment the "act" of making water clean will thrust bureaucratic difficulty on people, those at the bottom will be adversely affected most.  Like a mafia putting red tape everywhere, insert Chicago mobster accent here, "we gotta control where this red tape goes, so nothing happens to ya, see?"

Confusion Fueling Oklahoma Outcry Over EPA’s ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule