Forget Crying, EPA Now in Charge of Spilled Milk?

You will never have to worry about a BP cow again...sleep well.

Inquiring minds thought this was the beginning of a joke. In an unbelievable move, the EPA is now in charge of milk spills because [you are NOT going to believe this] there is a small amount of oil in it:

We all understand why the EPA was given the power to issue regulations to guard against oil spills, such as that of the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989 or the more recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But not everyone understands that any power given to any bureaucracy for any purpose can be stretched far beyond that purpose.

In a classic example of this process, the EPA has decided that, since milk contains oil, it has the authority to force farmers to comply with new regulations to file “emergency management” plans to show how they will cope with spilled milk, how farmers will train “first responders” and build “containment facilities” if there is a flood of spilled milk.

Yes, the EPA is doing their best to avert an Exxon Valdez-type milk spill that is certain to sweep through some rural town in the near future:

All of this is going to cost the farmers both money and time that could be going into farming – and is likely to cost consumers.

It is going to cost the taxpayers money as well, since the EPA is going to have to hire people to inspect farms, inspect farmers’ reports and prosecute farmers who don’t jump through all the right hoops in the right order. All of this will be “creating jobs,” even if the tax money removed from the private sector correspondingly reduces the jobs that can be created there.

Does anyone seriously believe that any farmer is going to spill enough milk to compare with the Exxon Valdez oil spill or the BP oil spill? Do you envision people fleeing their homes, as a flood of milk comes pouring down the mountainside?

It doesn’t matter. Once the words are in the law, the bureaucracy has every incentive to stretch the meaning of those words, in order to expand its empire.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has expanded its definition of “discrimination” to include things that no one thought was discrimination when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. The Federal Communications Commission is trying to expand its jurisdiction to cover things that were never included in its jurisdiction, and that have no relationship to the reason why the FCC was created.

Why not? It’s not the EPA’s money. Taxpayers keep giving.

The entire article is well worth the time to read.


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