President Barack Obama says he is renewing his commitment to clean water, but several West Virginia lawmakers say his new clean water framework provides another over-expansion of EPA authority.

All three of the West Virginia representatives in the U.S. House signed a bipartisan letter declaring their concern that regulatory agencies were overstepping proper regulatory progress in a manner that was expanding the jurisdiction of agencies such as the EPA to enforce the Clean Water Act.

 Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R, Rep. Nick Rahall, D, and Rep. David McKinley, R, all signed the letter.

“Congress, not unelected bureaucrats, should be making the decisions on environmental policy,” Capito said. “This framework will significantly change the scope of the federal government’s power to regulate streams in West Virginia.  Once again, this administration is using broadly interpreted regulatory authority to overstep the bounds of its traditional role in the permitting process to advance a political agenda.”

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