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InsiderOnline Blog: February 2011

Regulation News of the Ridiculous

It’s good to know that the nation will now be prepared for the next great milk spill, thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency.

[T]he EPA has decided,” reports Thomas Sowell, “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.”

As Sowell notes, it doesn’t matter whether this move actually makes sense. The law, apparently, gives EPA the authority to regulate spills containing oil, and “[t]he bureaucracy has every incentive to stretch the meaning of those words, in order to expand its empire.”

Posted on 02/04/11 11:45 AM by Alex Adrianson

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