EPA is reaching too far with its regulations

On the surface the squabble between the coal industry and the EPA looks like a fight between federal law of The Clean Air Act on one side and the coal industry on the other. In reality this process is testing how far an over-reaching agency of our government can go without Congress doing anything to stop them.

The CAA was written in 1970 and has been amended a few times but largely leaves the EPA on its own to make regulations – as they see fit. Among other things, CAA authorizes the EPA to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards to protect public health and public welfare. The law authorizes them to make regulations and we must abide.

Law vs. regulation in America is really not complicated and there is a simple process for our law making body to overrule the overreach of any agency. The Congressional Review Act allows congress to review, by means of legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation. The problem here is the EPA administrator is hand-picked by the president and any action by Congress has to face a potential presidential veto.

All of this seems to be far off until the EPA sends a team to your place of business or home to enforce one of their “regulations.” When the government comes calling only the bravest citizens, with a lot of resources, can defend themselves.

As the president pushes his “green agenda” his EPA, with a staff of 17,000-plus, has the boots and the backing to do as they see fit. What they’re doing is putting coal out of business without a viable replacement.

We the people know this is wrong and will call our representatives in Washington.

Bob Lamb

Alpena