"I think it is a very dangerous concept they're trying to introduce into our law," McClintock said. "Fundamental rights, guaranteed by the bill of rights, can be denied to an individual by the act of a bureaucrat."
"So here's the double standard. If you're a private citizen and you have an accident with a backhoe, you go to jail over spilling 1,500 gallons," Mr. McClintock said. "If you're an EPA official responsible for negligently spilling 3 million gallons of contaminant, you might get yelled at by the EPA administrator, but don't worry, the Secretary of the Interior won't say anything. Do you understand how galling that is to the American public?"