Wetland Regulation Sought by Senate Democrats

From State Senator Dave Syverson:

Opposition Voiced Against Wetland Overregulation

SPRINGFIELD – Ignoring concerns from Illinois’ agriculture community, environmental activists are pushing legislation that would grant the state sweeping authority over private land.

The bill was proposed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Sackett v. EPA decision, which rolled back the scope of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and curtailed overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

WOTUS, a part of the Federal Clean Water Act, has been heavily criticized by farmers, homeowners, and landowners because of the broad authority it gave the government over private land.

Senate Bill 771 would give many of the powers the Sackett v. EPA decision took away from the EPA to the state.

The legislation goes even further, creating a new regulatory system at the state level that puts the burden on landowners to hire costly specialists to identify wetlands.

It also mandates permits for projects, even on private property, without specifying a timeline – allowing the state to effectively kill projects by not acting on a permit request.

Additionally, it allows the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to issue hefty civil penalties of $10,000 per day for violations. 

The legislation has been met with opposition from a broad range of interests, including farmers, business groups, home builders, and energy producers.

If passed, it could mean the end of numerous energy projects, costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development. 

State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Cherry Valley), who strongly opposes the legislation, contends that it infringes on property rights and would create yet another burdensome and costly regulatory process for citizens that could potentially harm Illinois’ agriculture, construction, and energy sectors in the long term.


Wetland Regulation Sought by Senate Democrats — 5 Comments

  1. I’m with Syverson with 1 caveat.

    Aren’t IL property taxes giving government broad control over private land?

  2. So Syverson is suggesting that Farmers be in charge of the safety of our Waterways.

    Are you kidding me?

    Farmers are behind the destruction of our Land, our Native Agriculture, and the annihilation of our animals, birds, and insects.

    They have poisoned our waterways, costing taxpayers trillions and trillions in restoration.

    They are responsible for the illegal immigration we are burdened with AND reap millions of taxpayer funds in subsidies while using illegals as the workforce.

    This is a perfect example of playing to the hands of BIG CORPORATE lobbying groups.

    This Dave Syverson is a flaming fool or a pathological liar.

    Watch Little Big Farm for a real-life condensed story of how farms should operate.

  3. Truth. Read the last paragraph.

    He opposes the legislation.

    Are you begging for more regulations to make the cost of consumables to go even higher?

    It has to be an IL thing to beg for more government overreach

  4. JT, you are welcome to drink pesticides, gasoline, and waste runoff instead of clean and pure water and die an early death while saving money by drinking Mountain Dew.

    I am 100% in favor of this legislation.

    NO ONE ON private land has a right to pollute ANY waterways, any lands that have run off to other property, and I want them prosecuted.

  5. Got it truth.

    You’re in favor of higher prices. Just curious if you know who took over all medical schools in the 1930s and why. I doubt you do but hey I’m sure your taking some of his petroleum based pills to keep you healthy at your doctor’s recommendation.

    Tell me all you know about JD Rockefeller.

    Being uninformed and an eco terrorist doesn’t suit you

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