March 20, 2013

Crapo Seeks Input On EPA Actions, Regulations

Announces e-mail address for Idahoans to submit stories about the agency

Washington, D.C. - With a nominated administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo is seeking input from all impacted Idahoans, including farmers and ranchers, about their experience with EPA regulations affecting their daily lives and ability to do business.   Crapo is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which will vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the EPA.

"Many Idahoans contact me with their stories about the EPA, ranging from various farmers concerned about regulations to the Sackett family of north Idaho, who were taken to court by the agency for building a home on private property," Crapo noted.  "One incident is too many and with a new administrator comes a new opportunity to improve how the federal agency serves the public.  Many EPA requirements needlessly drive up costs that affect the bottom line for business and industry.  Additional and unnecessary burdens being placed on small businesses hurts Idaho's economy and the ability to compete in the marketplace.  As I prepare for the Environment & Public Works Committee hearing on the nomination of Ms. McCarthy to lead the EPA, new input from Idaho's farmers and ranchers would be timely and will illustrate to the nominee, and my colleagues, the impacts these regulations are having on economic growth and job creation." 

Idahoans can submit their stories to an email address Senator Crapo's office has created: EPA_Stories@Crapo.senate.gov .  Stories can also be submitted on Twitter using #IdahoEPA.