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