The EPA’s War Against the States: States Are Supposed to Lead in Fighting Pollution, but Federal Bureaucrats Have Usurped the States’ Role
by William Yeatman
Capital Research Center
October 07, 2013
Congress intended the Environmental Protection Agency to work closely with state and local officials—those nearest to the people. But since 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency has waged war on the states. In an end-run around the Constitution, the EPA has collaborated with environmentalist groups such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council to implement policies that have little to do with protecting the environment. Under both the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, the EPA has the authority to “disapprove” a state’s strategy to meet national environmental goals. Since President Obama took office, the number of regulatory disapprovals has skyrocketed. Also alarming is the huge increase in the number of EPA takeovers of state regulatory programs.