EPA Skirting Proper Scientific Process In Air Pollution Rules — Warns Of IG Investigation

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) doesn't trust the EPA.

Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter last night to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson inquiring if the Agency adhered to the requirements of the Data Quality Act while crafting the rule for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired electric generating units, known as the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule. 

This letter comes on the heels of a report by the EPA Office of Inspector General, released September 28, 2011, which revealed that EPA did not follow the Data Quality Act or its own peer review procedures while issuing the Technical Support Document (TSD) for the endangerment finding – a finding that greenhouse gases harm public health and welfare. “In the wake of the recent EPA IG report, which revealed that EPA short-circuited record-keeping and scientific peer review procedures leading up to its endangerment finding, it appears that EPA has cut corners on the proposed  Utility MACT rule,” Senator Inhofe said.  “Our investigation found that the peer review procedures for the Utility MACT Technical Support Documents are inadequate. 

Indeed, EPA’s own Science Advisory Board criticized the Agency for ‘missing or poorly explained’ data and methods.  Given the cost and reliability effects of the proposed rule, it is critical that EPA be held accountable for the process leading up to the decision to regulate.

“Utility MACT is projected to be one of the most expensive rules in the Agency’s history.  It will cost billions of dollars, significantly increase electricity rates, cause a large number of plant closures, and, along with the Cross-State rule, destroy nearly 1.4 million jobs.  Cutting corners on a rule with such devastating effects on our economy is unacceptable.

“I look forward to EPA’s response on this important matter, and if the information is not forthcoming, I will request that the EPA IG conduct an investigation.”

Specifically, Senator Inhofe’s Senate Environment and Public Works Committee staff found that the peer review process for the Utility MACT Technical Support Documents, entitled National-Scale Mercury Risk Assessment Supporting the Appropriate and Necessary Finding for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Generating Units (Mercury Risk Assessment) and Non-Mercury HAP Case Studies Supporting the Appropriate and Necessary Finding for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Generating Units (Non-Mercury Case Studies) was inadequate. 

The Mercury Risk Assessment has been criticized for incoherence and conflicting data, and EPA has yet to seek peer review for the Non-Mercury Case Studies.  EPA’s improper “peer review” of these critical studies, along with its failure to adhere to the proper procedures for the endangerment finding TSD calls into question the scientific integrity of EPA’s decision-making process. 

Read more on Sen. James Inhofe’s site …

Comments

  1. Abolish EPA.

    • right on! Abolish EPA. They have way too much power and make regulations and laws without congressional approval. Not good.

    • WE CANNOT AFFORD TO ALLOW THIS AGENCY TO EXIST ANY LONGER. It is obvious that they do not want to protect any thing but their positions. Even then they are doing a good job of self destruction as well as national destruction.

  2. bob jones says:

    Go get them Senator Inhofe, we need more Congressman to stand up to and challenge the corruption in DC. Everytime I have seen the Senator from Oklahoma he has been sticking up for America, thank you Senator Inhofe.

  3. Its about time we shut down the entire goberment! they all be idiots!

  4. Eliminate and dismantle the EPA !!!

  5. Don Rushing says:

    Abolish the EPA, Energy Dept, OSHA and turn the Dept of Education back to the states
    and get government out of our way. Abolish all regulations levied upon indusrty in the past eight years and rescind all of the executive orders that Barry has put out since he
    became president as well as firing all of the czars he has appointed.

  6. We have far too many regulatory agencies in Federal Government. They need to be weeded out fast starting with Obama. We need that office but a new head of state in it. All of the agency heads he appointed are incompitent, or anti American.

  7. This is one dictatorial regime of the US Government that needs to be flushed down the toilet along with all their anti-capitalist actions. Do away with this agency now!

  8. While the media have lavished attention upon the Occupy Wall Street movement (although perhaps not on every aspect of that movement), they have turned a blind eye to a march two national patriotic organizations have scheduled for Veterans Day — 11/11/2011 — calling for the immediate resignation or impeachment of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and every official in the Obama administration.
    The march on Washington is being organized by Veteran Defenders and the Patriots Union, headed by Major General Paul Vallely.
    Its flyer states, “Veterans have called for the resignation or impeachment of Barack Hussein Obama, Joseph Biden, and every member of the Obama administration and they are headed to Washington, D.C. — November 11, 2011.”
    Americans patriots must stand with military veterans “not just to celebrate our soldiers,” the flyer continues, “but to take our government back from anti-American thugs currently destroying the greatest nation on earth!”

  9. The organizers hope to effect the resignation or impeachment of the president and vice president, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Leon Panetta, Hilda Solis, Timothy Geithner, Arne Duncan, Lisa Jackson, Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, every czar, and every other member of the most corrupt administration in memory.
    This rally is not merely for veterans. Veteran Defenders’s “Declaration to Restore the Constitutional Republic” states, “We call upon ALL independent truckers, independent contractors, all non-union workers, all independent business owners, agents and investors, all who support free-market capitalism and the right to work, earn and own, to march together with our veterans and former service members on November 11, 2011 – Veterans Day!” (Emphasis in original.)

  10. It further states that “in the event that these individuals refuse to immediately resign in an orderly fashion,” the congressmen who voted against raising the debt ceiling must “immediately begin impeachment proceedings against every member of the Obama administration.”
    To reestablish the Constitution as the law of the land, the Declaration demands that “every verifiable member of The Communist Party USA, The Socialist Party USA and The
    Democratic Socialists of America be immediately publicly identified and removed from office for overtly acting against freedom, liberty and the Constitutional Republic.” This would sweep such radical leftists as Bernie Sanders and Jan Schakowsky from office. Indeed, in October 2009, the DSA released a list of 70 Congressmen who purportedly hold membership in that socialist organization alone.

  11. LukeAppling says:

    I am disgusted with our congress why are they allowing Obama and his regulators to proceed unchallenged? McConnell, Boehner and the others seem lost and I believe if the shoe were reversed the nitwits Pelosi and Reid would find a way to stop Republicans, are they smarter than our people or are our peole cowardly or lazy?

  12. mississippicoal says:

    Why cant all regulations based on this false Science be placed on hold until Investigation form an independent agency be complete? America is self destructing following the EPA and United Nations Agenda for the 21st Century. I agree we need boots on the ground on Nov 11, 2011 to show our outrage over an international government (UN) taking over America and taking away all our freedom for the glory of "Mother Earth." Yes, my research finds this is based on an environmental crazy religion (GAIA) that earth is over man, not Genesis 1:28 Man is over the earth.

  13. Gary Tarbox says:

    All of these Alphabet agencies need to be abolished. Most/All are a duplication of similar agencies at the state level. When they reach the federal level and the “Directors” are politically appointed officials they become an arm of the sitting administration.

    The EPA is responsible for the deaths of millions of people in the Third World countries from Malaria. The EPA, and then Director William Ruckelshaus, banned DDT which had been found and reported to the EPA thru the judicial system to NOT have harmed animals, fowl or humans including children. However, the WHO and other countries/global organizations followed suit. Thank God, DDT had already eradicated Malaria in the U.S.

    Now, the EPA, thru Democrat administrations is pushing the President’s agenda for Green power at any cost. Coal and oil fired electricity plant are much cleaner than they were in the past and are 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of these new unproven Green energy plant. Americans, especially now, cannot afford to have their electric costs double or triple. They already have issues with Energy companies and their escalating costs whereby shareholders MUST have a return of 9-11%. That too needs to be addressed, they need to be operating as any other private sector business does.

  14. The EPA is the tool the far left socialist democrat perties uses to transform America into Obama's change they believe in………..Charles of Waveland,MS.

  15. it is not the green power–the real agenda is the alinsky method–overwhelm the system–bring down capitalism and replace with communism. obama is in so far over his head–he must be a handmaiden to his keepers–the kingmakers who groomed him to bring about the destruction of the usa for a one world government. congress must reign him in–it is their constitutional duty –the checks and balances must stop this destruction of the usa.

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