Monday, January 24, 2011


Capito Warns EPA Could Feel Budget Strain

Representative Shelley Moore Capito says, as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill this week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency will most likely be feeling some pressure from Congress. The EPA took an expected step and pulled the Clean Water Act permit that had already been issued for the Spruce No. 1 surface mine project in Logan County. Such retroactive actions from the EPA, Congresswoman Capito says, threaten states and industries across the United States. People are extremely upset in West Virginia, but this is not just a West Virginia issue. Both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate will soon have legislation to consider limiting the EPA's ability to force the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions without Congressional approval. U.S. Senator Joe Manchin says he'll soon introduce legislation that will prevent the EPA from retroactively vetoing projects that were initially approved. Capito says they keep changing the parameters and changing the rules, and maybe the EPA could be sent a message through its budget.

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