Obama water rule earns praise, sparks concern

Michigan environmentalists praised President Barack Obama’s635683462521924460-DFP-0613-EPA-water-2-1-1-B67LL6U4-L434262900 announcement Wednesday that he would move to extend pollution rules to smaller rivers and wetlands, even as some Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation denounced it as executive overreach.

“Under the guise of protecting our waterways, today’s announcement … is nothing more than a power grab,” said U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, who claimed it unnecessarily tangles farmers in Michigan and elsewhere with “bureaucratic red tape that we do not need.”  Read More