U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has drafted legislation that, if passed, would do away with the Environmental Protection Agency.
“The EPA has been doing some drastic things,” the Fort Walton Beach Republican said. “They have exceeded their original mission substantially under both Republican and Democratic presidents and violated the sovereignty of the states. I think we need to start fresh.”
Gaetz said he has sent out an email to fellow Republican lawmakers to gauge their interest in signing up as co-sponsors of his bill.
“Today, the American people are drowning in rules and regulations promulgated by unelected bureaucrats,” Gaetz said in the email, which was obtained by the Huffington Post. “and the Environmental Protection Agency has become an extraordinary offender.”
Gaetz cited as an example of EPA overreach a policy, designed to protect isolated wetland areas, that forced cattle farmers to get permitting for the ponds on their land they used to provide water for their cows.
Under Gaetz’s proposal, the EPA would cease to exist at the end of 2018. The time between passage of a bill and the abolition of the agency would “allow states and local governments to protect their environmental assets in the absence of federal overreach,” he said.
“As conservatives, we must understand that states and local communities are best positioned to responsibly regulate the environmental assets within their jurisdictions,” Gaetz said in the email.
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