Sullivan to EPA Administrator: “Accountability Starts at the Top”
WASHINGTON, DC – During a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today, Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) questioned the Environmental Protection Agency’s accountability to the American people, as the agency continues to promote environmental rules that are legally dubious and lack the public’s support.
Senator Sullivan began his questioning by expressing his disappointment in EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s disrespectful comments that she made about gifts she received from Alaska Natives during a visit to the state in 2014.
“Accountability starts at the top,” said Sen. Sullivan. “When the leader of an agency comes to a state and makes those kind of statements to a national newspaper – it doesn’t show that you are focused on serving the people that you’re required to do.”
(To watch Senator Sullivan’s exchange with EPA Administrator McCarthy, CLICK HERE.)
Next, Senator Sullivan continued to press Administrator McCarthy on the EPA’s over-reaching clean water plan. In 2009, under Administrator Lisa Jackson, the EPA made the Administration’s desire to expand the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act clear in a letter to the Environment and Public Works Committee. The proposed expansion was soundly rejected by Congress. Yet today the EPA Administrator appeared before the Committee to deny that EPA's Waters of the United States rule was expanding the agency’s jurisdiction.
“The American people have caught on to this Administration’s game of saying one thing, and without consultation, doing another,” Sen. Sullivan said after the hearing. “It's time to put an end to the unlawful power grabs by this Administration, and terminating the Waters of the United States rule is a great place to start.”