Water, water, everywhere, but the EPA won’t let us use it!

by Rep. Sal Esquivel (R-Medford)

We finished an informational hearing a week ago Friday in the Business and Labor Committee. The hearing was on the new water quality criteria that the Federal EPA has determined we must meet in Oregon.

It is 10 times more restrictive than the standard we have today.

It will cause Oregon to have the highest criteria not only in the nation, but in the world. I was told it is so stringent that if you pulled water out of the Rogue River, you couldn’t return it because it wouldn’t meet this criteria!

This criteria was established by the amount of fish one eats. According to the survey, there are certain people that eat 140 lbs or more of fish per year. Now let’s think about that much fish. If you ate 1/2 lb of fish per day, you would have to eat fish 280 days a year to eat 140 lbs worth. Well, I know of no one that eats that much fish.  Besides, if you did, it would be bad for you no matter what.  The Feds are claiming, with nothing to back it up, that chemicals in the fish are harming these individuals. Too much of anything is not good for you. So instead of having the people who eat too much fish change their diet, we all have to suffer.

Here is the real crime here: there is no evidence that ingesting that much of these chemicals is even bad for you.  The EPA is just imposing a ruling they pulled out of the air. TYPICAL government thinking. This will literally cripple ALL business that uses water and discharge any of it back into any river or stream.

Congrats to the Federal government for being so shortsighted and taking such an ignorant approach to the issue. When will we use our head for a common sense approach?

I’m for having the Feds stay out of our business and for leaving us alone.

Rep. Sal Esquivel is Co-Vice Chair of the Oregon House Business and Labor Committee

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  • Manup

    Then do something about getting them out of our business rather than writing some lame article.

  • Joe

    The inmates are running the asylum. Defund the EPA so this country has a chance in the world economy.

  • Bob Clark

    EPA’s water and air policies are largely bogus. It is undeniable the IPCC cooked the models to demonstrate CO 2 as causing global warming. The EPA should at least allow for renewed national debate on whether it’s practical and effective to regulate CO 2 before it runs off to clamp down on the economy. You know if government could only receive a fixed percentage of national income and not a penny more, it would have a mighty incentive to make sure the economy was not hurt by its bureaucratic bungling.

  • Mary’s Opinion

    If you feel so strongly, get together with other Oregon legislators who share your feelings and challenge the EPA with facts and figures to support a refusal by Oregon to comply. If we let the EPA walk all over us, they most certainly will. We’ll lose more industry/jobs and recreation opportunities. Control is the EPA goal.

  • Pacific Patriot

    Thank you Sal, for bringing awareness to this issue. We need people like you and Senator Doug Whitsett in the Klamath Basin to keep up your good work on exposing the politics behind the water, farming, and dam preservation/demolition issues that our State, and even our nation faces.

    Also take note of the similar uphill challenges our neighboring States are faced with. Check out today’s post from Rep. Devin Nunes, in the heart of CA’s San Joaquin Valley (aka Congress Created Dust Bowl):

    “Special Interests Line Up Against San Joaquin Valley Communities” [posted today, 2/19],
    https://devinnunes.blogspot.com/
    “Early Saturday morning the U.S. House passed a 2011 federal spending bill which contained provisions to protect the water supplies of San Joaquin Valley communities.”

    “The fate of these important provisions in the Senate is uncertain. Even prior to House passage, Senator Dianne Feinstein and the Obama Administration were in full attack mode. Feinstein, who is trying to get the Delta declared a National Heritage Area, has for years fought efforts to provide relief to our communities (see her on the Senate Floor). To compound our problems, the Obama Administration is preparing to roll out a new government bureaucracy to oversee the left’s Delta agenda .”

    • Pacific Patriot

      Enter Green Communism, compliments of two documents: 1) the UN’s Agenda 21: Sustainable Development (New World Order) Charter that our nation, our State, and even our local governments are pressured to enforce (thanks to the U.S. signing the UN Charter), and 2) the communist Earth Charter (yes, written by Mikhail Gorbachev) being implemented all around us.

      For those not familiar, check out the video “Agenda 21 For Dummies” – a Global Action Plan to create world government, by meeting global objectives: End to national sovereignty, abolition of private property, restructure of the family unit, increasing limitations and restrictions on mobility and individual opportunity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM&feature=player_embedded

      Samples of what’s not sustainable: private property, fossil fuels, golf courses, ski lodges, consumerism, irrigation, commercial agriculture, paved roads, farmlands, pastures, grazing of livestock, the FAMILY UNIT!!!!! Yes, even THE FAMILY UNIT IS CONSIDERED NOT SUSTAINABLE!!!

      “Generally, more highly educated people, who have higher incomes, consume more resources than poorly educated people, who tend to have lower incomes. In this case, more education increases the threat to Sustainability” –“Education for Sustainable Development Plan” (Agenda 21 curriculum for your kids, folks!)

      Here is a 26-pg. slide show with further explanation of the Agenda 21 Sustainable Development agenda:
      https://www.freedomadvocates.org/documents/doc_details/freedom_advocates_slideshow/

      MUST READ!!! “Set Up & Sold Out – Find out What Green Really Means” by Holly Swanson. Green communism must be stopped before it totally consumes us, and our children.
      https://www.amazon.com/Set-Up-Sold-Out-Really/dp/0964510820/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292222760&sr=8-1

    • Pacific Patriot

      Enter Green Communism, compliments of two documents: 1) the UN’s Agenda 21: Sustainable Development (New World Order) Charter that our nation, our State, and even our local governments are pressured to enforce (thanks to the U.S. signing the UN Charter), and 2) the communist Earth Charter (yes, written by Mikhail Gorbachev) being implemented all around us.

      For those not familiar, check out the video “Agenda 21 For Dummies” – a Global Action Plan to create world government, by meeting global objectives: End to national sovereignty, abolition of private property, restructure of the family unit, increasing limitations and restrictions on mobility and individual opportunity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM&feature=player_embedded

      Samples of what’s not sustainable: private property, fossil fuels, golf courses, ski lodges, consumerism, irrigation, commercial agriculture, paved roads, farmlands, pastures, grazing of livestock, the FAMILY UNIT!!!!! Yes, even THE FAMILY UNIT IS CONSIDERED NOT SUSTAINABLE!!!

      “Generally, more highly educated people, who have higher incomes, consume more resources than poorly educated people, who tend to have lower incomes. In this case, more education increases the threat to Sustainability” –“Education for Sustainable Development Plan” (Agenda 21 curriculum for your kids, folks!)

      Here is a 26-pg. slide show with further explanation of the Agenda 21 Sustainable Development agenda:
      https://www.freedomadvocates.org/documents/doc_details/freedom_advocates_slideshow/

      MUST READ!!! “Set Up & Sold Out – Find out What Green Really Means” by Holly Swanson. Green communism must be stopped before it totally consumes us, and our children.
      https://www.amazon.com/Set-Up-Sold-Out-Really/dp/0964510820/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292222760&sr=8-1

  • Bagman

    Maybe plastic bags would be useful in carrying this water?

  • Harold Stewart

    Keep the Fed’s out of Oregon and kill the EPA REGULATIONS.

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