Rep. Young Pleased With Alaska OCS Language in Spending Bill
Washington D.C., Dec 15 - Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today after it was announced that the appropriations bill introduced in the House of Representatives would include language which would in effect transfer the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate air emissions on activities on the U.S. portion of the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf to the Department of the Interior as is the case in the Gulf of Mexico:
- The House of Representatives passed Rep. Young’s amendment, Amendment #533 which would limit funds from being used by the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to consider, review, reject, remand, or invalidate any permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for activities on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
- With Rep. Young as a cosponsor and strong supporter, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2021 which would eliminate baseless permitting delays for development off the coast of Alaska by tweaking the Clean Air Act.
- Back in April of this year, Rep. Young testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on H.R. 2021 and the need to reform the Federal Government’s permitting process.