EPA withdraws wage garnishment proposal—for now

CAPRnational*Courtesy CAPR San Francisco Chapter

The Environmental Protection Agency bowed to fierce criticism Wednesday and announced that it had hit the breaks on a fast-tracked plan to collect fines by garnishing paychecks of accused polluters.

The agency, which has come under withering attacks from Republican lawmakers for attempting a “power grab,” said it still intended to pursue the new authority to garnish wages without a court order. But now it will follow a more typical and longer review process. Read full article here

The Blaze’s Buck Sexton with CAPR San Francisco President Mimi Steel:


EPA Harasses Americans:

It’s worth repeating just part of the list of debts for which wages may be garnished under the DCIA: “fines, penalties or fees assessed by federal agencies.”The EPA rule also states that, “we view this as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment.” Consequently, the rule continues, “This direct final rule is effective September 2, 2014 without further notice unless EPA receives adverse comments by August 1, 2014.” Read article here

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GOP Senators Slam EPA on Wage Garnishment: 

Three Republican senators attacked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday for a proposal that they said would allow the agency to garnish individuals’ wages.  

In a letter to EPA head Gina McCarthy, the senators, led by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), called the proposal an unwarranted overreach into citizens’ lives. The EPA would be able to garnish wages without a court order and unilaterally decide whether people could argue against the garnishments, they said. Read full article here

EPA Claims It Has The Power to Garnish Wages Without Court Order

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.  According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to “garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order.”  Read full article here 

Editorial:  EPAs Outrage in the Barnyard

The latest assertion of unilateral power comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which quietly published a rule last week asserting its authority to bypass the courts and even intercept the paycheck of anyone accused of violating an EPA dictate. This would consolidate the bureaucracy’s vastly enhanced authority. The EPA writes the rules, decides who’s guilty and imposes wage garnishment as punishment “without first obtaining a court order.” Judge, jury, executioner and gravedigger. Read full article here  

*SFBay Chapter-CAPR (Citizens’ Alliance for Property Rights) | 4847 Hopyard Road | Suite 4-121 | Pleasanton | CA | 94588

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