Senator Johanns says the EPA is out of touch with a country working hard to emerge from a recession. He says the EPA has grown increasingly intrusive and aggressive when it comes to regulations, and it’s time for Congress to “ramp up it’s oversight on the EPA”.
An example Johanns gave was American Electric Power. He says earlier this month, American Electric Power announced it would likely close three coal plants in West Virginia if EPA air quality regulations are finalized, at a cost of thousands of jobs.
Johanns says while clean air is important and the EPA should focus on policies that improve the environment, they should not be so blind to the country’s agricultural and economic realities.
The amendment would not constrain EPA’s regulatory power, only serve to make the costs and impacts more transparent.