Blackburn Reacts To Proposed EPA Rules

Press Release

By:  Marsha Blackburn
Date: Sept. 30, 2009
Location: Washington, D.C.

Blackburn Reacts To Proposed EPA Rules

Congressman Marsha Blackburn reiterated her push to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act in the face of bureaucratic steps the agency took today. Blackburn believes that it is wrong for any executive agency to implement programs whose authorizing legislation has yet to become law.

As Congress continues to debate energy and environmental regulation, the EPA proposed new rules that impose significant restrictions on American business. These rules would require the installation of technology whenever a facility emitting at least 25,000 tons of greenhouse gasses a year is updated. The EPA rule would require vast new permitting and huge additional costs on entities the EPA classifies as "major emitters". The new rules could force many factories to close.

"The rules proposed by the EPA are a virtual gun to the head of Congress," Congressman Blackburn said. "As we carefully consider Cap and Trade legislation, the EPA is rushing to implement the bill before it is passed. The economic and environmental ramifications of the Cap and Trade bill are enormous, which is why it barely passed the House. Sweeping reform like this must be left to Congress, as representatives of the people, to implement; not unaccountable bureaucrats at the EPA."

Blackburn is the sponsor of H.R. 391, a bill that would prohibit the EPA from regulating greenhouse gasses under the Clean Air Act. Unless her bill becomes law, the EPA will be free to impose economy-killing regulation even as the legislation that would support it struggles to pass both houses of Congress.