Officials from 19 states signed letter
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 7, 2017) — Gov. Matt Bevin joined Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and attorneys general from 17 states in signing a letter to Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt calling for an end to what they say is federal overreach concerning the Clean Air and Clean Water acts.
The letter states: “From our perspective, the recent overreach by the Agency amounts to a striking departure from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Respectfully, we ask that you consider the steps that the Agency may take to restore the principles of cooperative federalism embodied in these important statutes.”
Attorneys general signing the letter are from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.
“In recent years, many federal environmental regulations have been the product of political and social ideology, rather than sound science,” Bevin said. “Today, our administration joined with other states in a letter urging EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to roll back federal overreach and return primary responsibility for the care of our environment to the appropriate state agencies. The environmental professionals within our own state agencies are well qualified, well trained and best suited to address environmental concerns in Kentucky.”