May 16, 2012
Different Rules for D.C.?
Just in case anyone needs any more surprises, liberal hypocrisy has again been unearthed in -- of all places -- Washington, D.C.! Last August, the Army Corps of Engineers denied the District of Columbia a permit as part of a $1.5-billion Southwest Waterfront redevelopment project to begin constructing high-rise, luxury townhouses, a yacht club, and other buildings on piers in and on the Washington Channel -- a congressionally designated navigable water of the United States. The Corps stated that under existing law, including the Clean Water Act (CWA), it was required "to regulate construction activities and discharges of dredged and/or fill material in navigable waters." Based on its CWA concerns and adverse impact on marine navigation, the Corps stated that "[a]t this time, the Corps does not have the administrative authority to approve the project as proposed without specific Congressional action to dissolve the federal interest." Not to fear: Senate Committee Chairman...(Read Full Article)