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Rep. Young’s Amendment Limiting Bureaucracy Passes House

Washington, D.C.Alaskan Congressman Don Young’s 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), passed the House this afternoon with a vote of 243 – 185. Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has jurisdiction to regulate air emissions on the OCS of the Arctic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic.

To view video of Congressman Young speaking on this amendment, click here.
For a copy of the amendment click here.

Congressman Young’s remarks as prepared:

“We must explore for and develop the Arctic resources in an environmentally safe and sustainable manner; and we must allow that exploration work to proceed without bureaucratic impediments. This amendment accomplishes both.

“This amendment would limit funds in the bill from being used by the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) to invalidate any permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for activities on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

“The EAB is an extension of the EPA that hears administrative appeals pertaining to permit decisions and civil penalty decisions of the Agency. The EAB is populated by Environmental Appeals Judges, who are lawyers associated with the EPA or Justice Department.

“This amendment does not circumvent the EPA’s authority. Instead, it continues to give permitting decisions to the professionals in the Regional offices. What this amendment will do is remove the ability for lawyers to overrule EPA permit writers

“Over $4 billion dollars have been invested in trying to drill exploratory wells, and to date, not a single well has been drilled because of one EPA Air permit.”

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