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Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford): Federal Clean Water and Public Land Overreach in the "Live Free or Die, " state

June 14, 2017

Just 48 hours before President Trump took office, in a gross attempt at overreach, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set new rainwater management standards for New Hampshire that gives the feds zoning and planning authority over New Hampshire munic

On January 18, less than 48 hours before President Trump took office, the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new permit requiring New Hampshire and three other states to manage their rainwater runoff from private and public property in ways specified by the federal government under the clean water act. The costs for New Hampshire to comply could top eight billion dollars for a state who's entire budget is three to five billion annually. Unless New Hampshire municipalities meet the terms of the more than 200 page state specific clean water rule by 2018, the EPA would have the power to require all land use decisions be permitted by the agency. New development could not occur absent EPA approval.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org