December 3, 2014

Congress turns up the heat on EPA

By M. Reed Hopper Senior Attorney

In a noteworthy article at The Daily Signal, Ron Arnold reports that congressional leaders are fed up with EPA’s reliance on politicized science and that there is a movement afoot to change the way EPA does business.  Citing EPA’s expansive rule to redefine “waters of the United States” to include almost any wet spot in the Country, Arnold notes that EPA administrator Gina McCarthy “dismissed the recent demands of six governors and 11 state attorneys general, along with 25 Republican U.S. senators, who told the agency it must withdraw the proposed waters rule because it [exceeds federal authority and] threatens farming and ranching, oil and gas production, urban construction and nationwide economic development generally.” If EPA adopts the rule as proposed, it appears there will be others besides PLF ready to sue the agency for abuse of power.

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