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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sessions, EPW Republicans Release Report On ‘Cooperative Federalism’ Concerns With EPA Actions

Senator Jeff Sessions Press Release:

Sessions, EPW Republicans Release Report On ‘Cooperative Federalism’ Concerns With EPA Actions

Thursday, October 31, 2013
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, released a report today with Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans entitled, “Neglecting a Cornerstone Principle of the Clean Air Act: President Obama’s EPA Leaves States Behind.” The report chronicles EPA’s increasing departure from the cooperative federalism approach established in the Clean Air Act. After releasing the report, Sen. Sessions commented:
 
“Our nation’s level of air pollution and air quality has improved dramatically over the past four decades under the Clean Air Act. A cornerstone of this important law is the principle of ‘cooperative federalism,’ which recognizes that achieving environmental goals in our constitutional republic requires mutual collaboration between the States and Federal government. Regrettably, as shown in this report, the vast majority of States are increasingly concerned that EPA, under this administration, is not working with the States in the cooperative manner required by law. The evidence suggests that EPA routinely tries to ignore or circumvent the States or to control them by heavy-handed actions.
 
These kinds of unnecessary and improper actions by EPA threaten to undermine the very law that has helped to improve air quality in the United States. I believe Congress should take a close look at these concerns and take the time to hear from the States about ways to improve our nation’s air quality programs.”
 
To view the report as a PDF, please click here.

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