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Letter: Pollution not partisan

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  • PamFlinders Sandy, UT
    March 19, 2017 4:50 a.m.

    I would trust the congress more to create these rules if they weren't so keen on doing favors for their campaign donors and completely ignorant to science.

    The EPA is one of the ways that protects citizens from businesses and governments from pushing off their waste problems onto the surrounding communities. Does it make it more expensive? Yes! But the cleanup costs will need to be paid by someone eventually.

    Just look at the mismanagement Utah Lake for the past 100 years and you will see the problems of messing with a natural ecosystem and allowing businesses and cities to have free reign. It creates a waterfall of problems to deal with later.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 19, 2017 12:26 a.m.

    @Nate "The trouble with the EPA is that they both create regulations and enforce them. "

    A gross over-simplification. Congress does set broad EPA guidelines in statute. EPA then implements these with administrative rule making. Before any rule goes into effect it must be posted in the federal register. Objections are noted by the various DEQ's which are charged with enforcing EPA rules. Such rules are often contested by DEQ advisory boards, which are often industry packed. If anything, DEQ implemented rules are quite weak.

    With EPA hamstrung by Trump, most environmental regulation will cease.

  • Nate Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 18, 2017 10:27 a.m.

    The trouble with the EPA is that they both create regulations and enforce them. They also have judges who hear cases and render decisions. Thus they are one agency exercising all three powers that the Constitution is so careful to separate. This invariably leads to abuse of power.

    The EPA should be confined to enforcement only. Congress should be making the laws, and the courts should be handling the cases, independent from any other branch of government.

    EPA reform should be driven by Congress, not by executive order. This presupposes a Congress with a spine.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2017 9:05 a.m.

    Pollution is a Republican value apparently. Republicans voted for the likes of Lee and Chaffetz and Bishop and you get what you deserve. Too bad the rest of us have to live with your choices.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 18, 2017 7:33 a.m.

    I agree 100%, but it's not going to happen. Democrats will not help Republicans dismantle Obamacare, and Republicans have no interest in devising a better plan.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    March 18, 2017 7:22 a.m.

    Sorry Missy

    The environment is indeed a partisan issue. The party in control of the government has declared war on environmental regulations. Sadly, the progress we have made in the past 40 years to improve our country's environment is at risk with the plutocracy in charge.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2017 2:05 a.m.

    The various state Departments of Environmental Quality enforce EPA rules. Without the EPA environmental regulation will likely cease (mostly). This will be intolerable.