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EPA claims it has the power to garnish wages without court approval

Posted by on Jul. 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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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." 

The EPA has claimed this new authority by citing the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996, which gives all federal agencies the power to conduct administrative wage garnishment, provided that the agency allows for hearings at which debtors can challenge the amount or the terms of a repayment schedule. 

In response to the report, an EPA spokeswoman also pointed to a Department of Treasury rule from 2011 outlining debt collection for various agencies, including the EPA. 

"Administrative Wage Garnishment (AWG) would apply only after EPA attempts to collect delinquent debts and after Treasury attempts to collect delinquent debts through other means," the spokeswoman told FoxNews.com. The spokeswoman added that the agency would provide notice "prior to any action," giving the debtor the opportunity to "review, contest or enter into a repayment agreement."

The plan has drawn protests from conservatives, including Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who told The Washington Times, "The EPA has a history of overreaching its authority. It seems like once again the EPA is trying to take power it doesn’t have away from American citizens.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/09/epa-claims-it-has-power-to-garnish-wages-without-court-approval/

 

Now pick up that can!

by on Jul. 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM
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codfish
by Bronze Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM
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Ok, idiots in Washington it is time to get off your collective butts and rein the EPA in.
stringtheory
by Gold Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM
This is new? I thought all federal agencies could do this. Do you know how hard you have to try to incur monetary penalties from the EPA?
momtimesx4
by Silver Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM
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Quoting stringtheory: This is new? I thought all federal agencies could do this. Do you know how hard you have to try to incur monetary penalties from the EPA?

 

Has do with: We think you did X, here is your fine.  No you cannot appeal it and no we do not have to prove it.  EPA examiners do get paid extra to find fault/issue fines and it does not matter if they are wrong. 

 

 

MeAndTommyLee
by Gold Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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That sounds completely fair to me...*sigh*

Quoting momtimesx4:


Quoting stringtheory: This is new? I thought all federal agencies could do this. Do you know how hard you have to try to incur monetary penalties from the EPA?


Has do with: We think you did X, here is your fine.  No you cannot appeal it and no we do not have to prove it.  EPA examiners do get paid extra to find fault/issue fines and it does not matter if they are wrong. 




stringtheory
by Gold Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 11:10 AM
No they don't.

Quoting momtimesx4:

 


Quoting stringtheory: This is new? I thought all federal agencies could do this. Do you know how hard you have to try to incur monetary penalties from the EPA?

 


Has do with: We think you did X, here is your fine.  No you cannot appeal it and no we do not have to prove it.  EPA examiners do get paid extra to find fault/issue fines and it does not matter if they are wrong. 


 


 

stringtheory
by Gold Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 11:11 AM
None of that is accurate.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

That sounds completely fair to me...*sigh*

Quoting momtimesx4:


Quoting stringtheory: This is new? I thought all federal agencies could do this. Do you know how hard you have to try to incur monetary penalties from the EPA?


Has do with: We think you did X, here is your fine.  No you cannot appeal it and no we do not have to prove it.  EPA examiners do get paid extra to find fault/issue fines and it does not matter if they are wrong. 



UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 11:19 AM

What do they mean by "wages"? EPA Doesn't fine individual citizens.

momtimesx4
by Silver Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM

We actually ran into an issue with the EPA a while back in regards to the motorpool and containment of fluids. Motorpool was setup as required by their latest manual.  Inspector came around and dinged us for X, Y and Z.  Why?  Because the inspector was using an older manual. Did it matter?  Nope.  Citations issued. Agency would not review the citations even when it was proven they were wrong.  Ever get paid? Nope.

Now for the average citizen, wait until they issue them for your car. Well, it looks like it pollutes too much, here is your ticket.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jul. 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM
That's stupid.

Quoting momtimesx4:

We actually ran into an issue with the EPA a while back in regards to the motorpool and containment of fluids. Motorpool was setup as required by their latest manual.  Inspector came around and dinged us for X, Y and Z.  Why?  Because the inspector was using an older manual. Did it matter?  Nope.  Citations issued. Agency would not review the citations even when it was proven they were wrong.  Ever get paid? Nope.


Now for the average citizen, wait until they issue them for your car. Well, it looks like it pollutes too much, here is your ticket.

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I would have to know what debts they are collecting before I form an opinion. I guess if Detroit can shut off water for it's residence for failure to pay then this can be allowed to.

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