EPA Gives Itself Power to Garnish Wages

The Washington Times is reporting a quiet ruling claimed by the Environmental Protection Agency that gives them the authority to “unilaterally garnish paychecks” of anyone violating its rules and regulations.

This would not be the first time the EPA has overstepped its bounds as a government agency. As TruthRevolt reported back in April, they fined a man $75,000 per day because they claimed he violated the Clean Water Act by building a pond on his own property.

Claiming authority under the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 which centralized federal collections, the EPA announced via the Federal Register that this law allows it “to garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”

According to the Federal Register, the EPA considers this a “direct final rule” and says the action is not a “significant regulatory action” and,  as the Times writes, “therefore not subject to review.”

Under President Obama, the EPA’s collection of fines has dramatically increased — going from $96 million to $252 million in only three years — a 160% increase. This new collection rule will take effect on September 2, but only if there is little to no public outrage heard by August 1.

This is a copy of the full article provided by the Conservatives at Truth Revolt

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