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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wyoming family faces $75,000 per day fines from EPA for building pond on their own land

The American Police State
  • The Fascist Big Brother Federal Government will not even allow you to build a fish pond on your own property. 
  • The Nazi-like EPA is fully and eagerly funded by the both the "Liberal" Democrats and the "Small Government" Republicans.
  • Next time your local "Small Government" GOP candidate comes around ask him about the EPA.  Ask him is he if a lair or just full of shit.

(Poor Richard's News)  -  The Johnson family did everything the right way when they decided to build a stocked fishing pond on their 8-acre land plot.  They went the through the appropriate channels with the Wyoming state government and got permission to build the pond.

But the EPA says none of this matters, and they’re fining the Johnson family $75,000 per day until they fill in their pond.

From FNC:
All Andy Johnson wanted to do was build a stock pond on his sprawling eight-acre Wyoming farm. He and his wife Katie spent hours constructing it, filling it with crystal-clear water, and bringing in brook and brown trout, ducks and geese. It was a place where his horses could drink and graze, and a private playground for his three children. 
But instead of enjoying the fruits of his labor, the Wyoming welder says he was harangued by the federal government, stuck in what he calls a petty power play by the Environmental Protection Agency. He claims the agency is now threatening him with civil and criminal penalties – including the threat of a $75,000-a-day fine. 

“I have not paid them a dime nor will I,” a defiant Johnson told Fox News.com. “I will go bankrupt if I have to fighting it. My wife and I built [the pond] together. We put our blood, sweat and tears into it. It was our dream. 
But Johnson may be in for a rude awakening. 
The government says he violated the Clean Water Act by building a dam on a creek without a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers. Further, the EPA claims that material from his pond is being discharged into other waterways. Johnson says he built a stock pond — a man-made pond meant to attract wildlife — which is exempt from Clean Water Act regulations.
The property owner says he followed the state rules for a stock pond when he built it in 2012 and has an April 4-dated letter from the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office to prove it. 
“Said permit is in good standing and is entitled to be exercised exactly as permitted,” the state agency letter to Johnson said. 
But the EPA isn’t backing down and argues they have final say over the issue. They also say Johnson needs to restore the land or face the fines. 
Johnson plans to fight. “This goes a lot further than a pond,” he said. “It’s about a person’s rights. I have three little kids. I am not going to roll over and let [the government] tell me what I can do on my land. I followed the rules.” 
Johnson says he was “bombarded by hopelessness” when he first received the administrative order from the EPA. He then turned to state lawmakers who fast-tracked his pleas to Wyoming’s two U.S. senators, John Barrasso and Mike Enzi, and Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. 
The Republican lawmakers sent a March 12 letter to Nancy Stoner, the EPA’s acting assistant administration for water, saying they were “troubled” by Johnson’s case and demanding the EPA withdraw the compliance order. 
“Rather than a sober administration of the Clean Water Act, the Compliance Order reads like a draconian edict of a heavy-handed bureaucracy,” the letter states.
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I am thankful that there are people like Mr. Johnson out there who are not willing to roll over to the demands of the regulation state.  We wish him and his family Godspeed in their fight against the EPA and many great fishing stories from their pond.

“Ultimately property rights and personal rights
are the same thing.”
Calvin Coolidge

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