Friday, March 28, 2014

Rep. Hal Rogers Questions EPA on Rule Change

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are considering a change to a rule under the Clean Water Act.

Representative Hal Rogers says the rule change could seriously hurt the coal industry.
EPA officials say the rule change would simply clarify existing protections for streams and wetlands.

Rogers says the rule would make it nearly impossible for coal companies to acquire permits, and calls it the 'biggest land grab in the nation's history.'

Rogers and other lawmakers questioned leaders of the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

Rogers pressed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on a proposed rule change the congressman says would expand the EPA's jurisdiction of U.S. Waterways to include "seasonal or rain-dependent" streams.

"They're wanting to extend their jurisdiction over areas where there is a stream that may not be a stream," Rogers.

Rogers says he fully expects the courts to strike down the rule change.