McConnell to ask EPA to Explain Its Sweeping New Regulations
Washington, D.C. -- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday will ask Lisa P. Jackson, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to address several concerns he has heard from his constituents on EPA regulations being considered by the Obama Administration -- regulations that would negatively impact many Kentuckians, including our farmers and coal miners. Administrator Jackson will be testifying later today before the Senate Agriculture Committee on the impact of several sweeping new EPA regulations.
"Over the past 18 months, the EPA has dramatically stepped up the pace and scope of its regulatory actions. Under the leadership of Ms. Jackson, the agency has pushed sweeping rules to impose a new national energy tax via regulation of greenhouse-gas emissions and questioned the methods farmers use to plant and harvest their crops," McConnell said. "I have heard from many Kentuckians who are deeply concerned about the impact these EPA regulations will have on them, their families and their communities. If these regulations are imposed, they would raise the price of everything from electricity, to gasoline, to fertilizer, to the food on our shelves. It has to stop."
Senator McConnell also plans to ask Administrator Jackson to address issues raised by his constituents on a number of other concerns, including pesticide rules and coal ash.