AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for the American Future Robert Henneke issued the following statement on the lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act Rule, which redefines “the waters of the United States” under the federal Clean Water Act:
“The EPA’s expanded definition of ‘Waters of the United States’ is an affront to private property rights and an unabashed abuse of power,” said Henneke. “The limits of the Clean Water Act should be established only by Congress and not by the whims of unelected bureaucrats. To quote Texas in today’s lawsuit, ‘the very structure of the Constitution, and therefore liberty itself, is threatened when administrative agencies attempt to assert independent sovereignty and lawmaking authority that is superior to the states, Congress, and the courts.’"
The Honorable Robert Henneke is the Director of the Foundation’s Center for the American Future.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.