Markey: Shutdown Has Sacked Public Forums on EPA Power-Plant Regs

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: Edward Markey speaks during a Congressional Briefing on Protecting Children and Teen Online Privacy at the Rayburn House Office Building on March 7, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
National Journal
Add to Briefcase
Clare Foran
Oct. 15, 2013, 10:28 a.m.

Sen. Ed­ward Mar­key, D-Mass., blamed tea-party Re­pub­lic­ans for the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency’s can­cel­la­tion of the first two stops of its 11-city tour to so­li­cit pub­lic com­ment on an up­com­ing rule to lim­it emis­sions from ex­ist­ing power plants, The Hill re­ports.

Mar­key’s com­ments fol­lowed an an­nounce­ment by EPA last week that it is post­pon­ing planned stops in Bo­ston and Phil­adelphia be­cause of the gov­ern­ment shut­down.

“This tea-party shut­down has shut out the pub­lic from even dis­cuss­ing cli­mate change and what our gov­ern­ment can do about it,” Mar­key told re­port­ers Tues­day.

Mean­while, Re­pub­lic­an law­makers are point­ing fin­gers at EPA for not hold­ing pub­lic for­ums in states where the new power-plant reg­u­la­tions would have the most im­pact. Rep. Shel­ley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell, R-Ky., both slammed the agency for leav­ing stops in heavy coal-pro­du­cing states off the tour.


Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.