Be ready for more lawsuits!
For those who thought that my previous post about the EPA controlling personal property was not real… Check out this story.
Andy Johnson is in the fight of his life because the EPA does not like his pond. If they think that you are violating the “Clean Water Act” then they will come in and force you to remove your own pond… even if you followed ALL the state and local regulations before building your pond.
I totally believe we need to protect our water. But this is getting ridiculous. Mr. Johnson made sure he checked all the local rules and regulations before he built his pond back in 2012. This is a pond for his stock and his family. It does not connect to any major waterway. And even though stock ponds are supposed to be exempt from the “Clean Water Act”, the EPA told him he had to tear it down within 30 days.
Andy even has the backing of three (3) senators who have signed a letter citing the “draconian edict” by the EPA. This is real!
Do you believe like I do that this is simply a power play by the EPA? Politics and Personalities. Andy Johnson is taking the EPA to court to defend his right to his property. Let me know what you think after you read below:
The federal Environmental Protection Agency wants to teach Johnson a $16 million lesson in obedience to its will.
But Johnson is fighting back. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court on Thursday, he is arguing that the EPA overstepped its authority in the case.
“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.”
“We went through all the hoops that the state of Wyoming required, and I’m proud of what we built,” Johnson said. “The EPA ignored all that.”
The EPA claimed Johnson violated the Clean Water Act. They ordered him to return his property to the way it was before his work, with federal oversight required to be sure it was done their way. Dismantling his work within the 30 days the EPA gave him was “physically impossible,” Johnson said.
Johnson didn’t do what he was told. The EPA then started piling up fines of $37,000 per day, which since 2012 now total more than $16 million because he has not paid a cent.
Johnson said. “If you need to stand up and fight, you do it.” – Jack Davis
And if you want to hear more, here is a clip from the Pacific Legal Foundation who has decided to help defend Andy Johnson and his family.