Bill Requires EPA to Review Great Bay Study;
Imposes 5-year Ban on Agency Action
“Let’s have a factual, peer-based review of conditions in Great Bay, let’s give Granite Staters a chance to have input on that study, and let’s keep the EPA in check until the information is available.”
(WASHINGTON – APRIL 14, 2011) U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) has introduced The Great Bay Community Protection Act, his first major piece of legislation in Congress. H.R. 1480 would require the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct a peer-review of a study of the impact of nitrogen released into the Great Bay Estuary. It would also ban the EPA from requiring covered treatment works at water facilities for five years. In addition, the bill would also allow citizen input into the study process.
“I have met with officials and residents from Dover, Durham, Rochester, Portsmouth, Exeter and New Market, the six towns that make up the Great Bay Estuary Water Quality Coalition. They have made their concerns known, and this bill responds to them. This is an example of how Congress must be responsive to the people’s needs.
“The Great Bay Community Protection Act is a direct response to over-zealous regulation by a federal agency,” Guinta said. “It is obvious that the EPA’s desire to act has moved ahead of the science. It is willing to regulate first, and then determine the facts later. That would straddle cash-strapped communities and families with a terribly unfair burden.
“This legislation provides time for a proper examination of the evidence. Let’s have a factual, peer-based review of conditions in Great Bay, let’s give Granite Staters a chance to have input on that study, and let’s keep the EPA in check until the information is available. That’s what HR 1480 will do.”
The legislation now goes before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Guinta serves on that committee.