U.S. REP. FRANK GUINTA HELPS ADVANCE EFFORTS TO REIN IN EPA AND RETURN A BALANCED FEDERAL-STATE REGULATORY PARTNERSHIP
“This legislation works hand in glove with my Great Bay Community Protection Act by stopping the EPA from overburdening towns and cities with heavy-handed interference.”
(WASHINGTON – July 14, 2011) U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta (R, NH-01) says Wednesday evening’s passage of H.R. 2018 is an important step forward in reining in overzealous regulation by the EPA. Guinta is a co-sponsor of the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, which passed the House in a 239 to 184 vote.
Representative Guinta spoke about the bill on the House floor prior to the vote. Click here to watch his remarks.
The bipartisan legislation reverses the erosion of states’ authority under a partnership with the federal government to regulate the nation’s water quality. It protects states’ water quality standards and permitting authority by ensuring the EPA cannot undermine state regulations and decisions that the EPA has already approved.
“One of the very first pieces of legislation I introduced when I came to Congress was the Great Bay Community Protection Act. This legislation works hand in glove with it, and even expands its outreach,” Guinta said. “It stops the EPA from overburdening towns and cities, like it has in multiple communities along Great Bay. In case after case, we see where the EPA has failed to consider the implications it is imposing on hardworking families and towns. The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011 and my Great Bay Protection Act both do that.”
Guinta said H.R. 2018 is designed to restore the proper balance between the EPA and the states in regulation of the nation’s waters. It also addresses the lingering uncertainty that hampers job creation by limiting federal regulatory interference.