Save Private Property from the Federal Government

The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is committed to protecting property rights and land use while encouraging responsible environmental stewardship.
We work toward and support legislation that upholds the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution which states the following:

“No Person Shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Founded in 1987, The Pennsylvania Landowners’ Association (PLA) is the out
growth of a coalition of landowners supporting the principles of private ownership. The organization recognizes the need to protect our human resources, including our free enterprise economy which is built upon the principle of private ownership.
We believe that our national zeal to protect the environment has resulted in hastily drawn, reactionary legislation that fails to adequately protect our human resources, particularly our Constitutionally guaranteed right to be secure in the ownership of private property.
We also recognize that the line which separates environmental protection from the invasion of property rights is at best unclear, and in many specific situations not yet defined.

The EPA and the Army Corps. of Engineers have regulated farmers and private landowners out of business with Rule 402 and 404 requiring landowners to have permits to farm or build on private property ... all in the name of the Clean Water Act. The EPA has overcome with private landowner with rules and regulations forcing the private landowner to forfeit their property rights in lieu of fines and or jail time or in some cases, they have confiscated private property in the name of Clean Water. Tell me who doesn't want clean drinking water? Well, the stipulations that the power hungry government agencies is out of control. We need your help to "Ditch the Rule"

The EPA is continuing attempts to expand its control over private land and local land use. It wants to force local communities and municipalities to meet its own runoff limits without regard for cost, feasibility or other impacts, and it’s zeroing in on farmers, ranchers, homebuilders and business-owners in the six-state Chesapeake Bay region. Currently these limits are set by state and local regulations, and AFBF believes that creating a federal, super-zoning authority is unlawful. “It’s about whether EPA has the power to override local decisions on what land can be farmed, where homes can be built, and where schools, hospitals, roads and communities can be developed,” said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Chesapeake Bay “blueprint” raises serious concerns about EPA’s power to regulate and restrict land use—and to impose burdensome and unlawful new mandates on the States—under the Clean Water Act. This issue is national in scope—the “blueprint” was specifically designed as a model that can be followed across other watersheds nationwide. YOUR ROLE AFBF is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a stop to EPA’s bureaucratic overreach, and there’s an important role for you in this effort. Farmers and ranchers nationwide are needed to speak to their legislators and raise awareness of this issue in their local newspapers and other media. If EPA gets a green light from the courts, it plans to take its new regulatory power nationwide. Learn more here: Farm Bureau Asks Supreme Court to Stop EPA Abuse of Clean Water Act Powers.

Dear Representative,


The EPA and the Army Corps. of Engineers have regulated farmers and private landowners out of business with Rule 402 and 404 requiring landowners to have permits to farm or build on private property ... all in the name of the Clean Water Act. The EPA has overcome with private landowner with rules and regulations forcing the private landowner to forfeit their property rights in lieu of fines and or jail time or in some cases, they have confiscated private property in the name of Clean Water. Tell me who doesn't want clean drinking water? Well, the stipulations that the power hungry government agencies is out of control. We need your help to "Ditch the Rule"


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