Expanding EPA power an assault on state sovereignty
The folks at ALEC have released an important report that looks at the impact of expanding EPA authority on state sovereignty and the cooperative federalism that has marked the development of this nation’s legal framework.
Congress wanted for the EPA to set environmental standards, which the states would then implement, taking into account local circumstances and conditions. The EPA’s role in implementation primarily served to provide technical assistance and financial support.
Since 2009, however, the EPA has radically altered this balance of power. To be precise, the agency has expanded its own prerogatives, at the expense of the states’ rightful authority. Congress wanted states to quarterback environmental policymaking, but the EPA has pushed them to the bench.
According to this new report, the EPA’s growing power and influence is not only impacting the coal industry, it is also now infringing on the Constitutional limits that were placed on the federal government by the Founding Fathers.
But the report doesn’t just stop at pointing out the problems inherent in the EPA’s extension of power beyond its Constitutional and legal boundaries, it provides concrete directions and model legislation to correct
I would encourage Coalblog readers to check it out.