WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today introduced the Defense of Environment and Property Act of 2012 to bring common sense back to federal water policy.
Thousands of property owners across America face aggressive action from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, with no legal means to fight back. Together, the EPA and the Army Corps have become rogue agencies, threatening the Constitutional rights of landowners to do what they please with their own property.
"Environmental protection must be balanced with the fundamental American right to private property. I have spoken with a number of victims of the government's assault on private property, and it is time to rein in the out-of-control government agencies that infringe on these Americans' rights," Sen. Paul said. "It is time to bring common sense to federal water policy, and I do so on behalf of the thousands of property owners across the country who have been met with aggression from the EPA and Army Corps for wetlands issues."