Congressman Larry Bucshon Comments on Court Ruling Regarding EPA Overreach

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Evansville, IN, October 7, 2011 | comments

(Evansville, IN) – Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-08) released the following statement regarding a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruling in the NMA v. Jackson case that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been illegally overstepping its role in the 404 permitting process.

Congressman Bucshon (IN-08) states:

                “I am pleased that the U.S. District Court ruled against the Environment Protection Agency’s overreach in the 404 permitting process.  The Court’s decision, in addition to Congress’s passage of H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011,  in June sends a clear message to the EPA that we will not stand for its anti-coal agenda.”

Background:

Indiana’s 8th Congressional District is home to every coal mine in Indiana with the exception of one.

The D.C. District Court held: “Rather, as the statute plainly reads, Congress established a permitting scheme in which the Corps is to be the principal player, and the EPA is to play a lesser, clearly defined supporting role. With adoption of the MCIR Assessment and the EC Process, the EPA has expanded its role in the issuance of Section 404 permits and has thus exceeded the statutory authority afforded to it by the Clean Water Act.” 

Congressman Bucshon previously spoke on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 10, 2011 regarding the EPA’s overreach in the permitting process.  Video footage can be found here.

Congressman Bucshon is a cosponsor of H.R. 2018, a bi-partisan bill that states the clean water act needs to rely solely on the state’s ability to implement and monitor.

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