Time to apply common sense to regulations
In regards to Mr. Thompson's letter on where to start removing some of these EPA regulations, I can give him a few that my son, who is a civil engineer in road and bridge building, has told me about.
One example involved putting in a straight line culvert at this road site, which meant the water flowed through the culvert just like it does through a pipe. The EPA rep said they would have to widen the culvert to allow the water to flow through naturally, meaning if it wanted to flow other than straight line it could. This added several thousands dollars to cost, which later the EPA receded on making them widen the culvert.
They were widening this highway in south Georgia and the EPA informed them they would have to do a survey to find out if any bird houses would be affected, and where would they put them. I am not making this up, folks.
On this particular interstate, when it was built the exit sign had to be 1/2 mile from the exit. For some reason it was changed to one mile, so they went out and moved the sign back 1/2 mile. That was all they did; no road work was done at all. EPA ruled this made that 1/2 mile a construction site. So, they had to go out and check for any streams and other things that might be affected by construction on the highway even though no work was going to be done on it.
Another time, they were widening a highway, and government rules required they put sidewalks wide enough for wheelchairs at this particular area. There was a long incline of over a half mile that was several degrees in elevation that would have made it practically impossible to push a wheelchair up it or bring it down, but it had to be built.
These are some of the regulations that need to be removed. He said that they spend over $200,000 on lots of projects that have absolutely nothing to do with building the road or bridge to comply with government regulations.
And remember that $400 million road project up in north Georgia earlier in the year that was halted because of the possibility a particular kind of bat might be in the area.
This is the kind of nonsense that needs to be stopped. All this needlessly costs taxpayers extra money. Sure, I know we need regulations on lots of things, and I am all for those, but apply common sense before making some of them.