July 18, 2013

Crapo Votes Against EPA Administrator Nominee

Agency needs to move in a different direction

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted against the President's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Gina McCarthy was approved by the full Senate, but Crapo joined 39 members in opposing her nomination.  Crapo serves on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) which has jurisdiction over the EPA.   

"Idaho business owners, farmers and ranchers feel the impact of EPA regulations daily and they should be able to expect that our government will not pursue federal policies when the benefits do not outweigh the costs," said Crapo.  "Far too many federal regulations, many from the EPA, hinder Idaho's businesses and economy.  More often than not, these regulations provide little benefit to their intended purposes.  During her nomination process, I had hoped to be convinced that Ms. McCarthy would move the agency in a different direction, but her previous actions and testimony before the EPW committee proved this would not be the case.  While I support ensuring that science, research and other tools are available to leave our air, water and soil better than we found them for future generations, layering on burdensome regulations, burying American businesses in more paperwork and imposing overwhelming penalties is not the best means to achieve this goal."