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)
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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.

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