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Roe Participates in Rural America Solutions Group Forum

Calls on EPA and Congressional Democrats to Abandon

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Washington, September 30, 2010 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) joined Members of the Rural America Solutions Group for a forum on harmful regulations being imposed by the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Democratic leadership in Congress. At the forum, Members heard from rural Americans from across the nation who provided real-life examples of how EPA’s regulations are costing jobs, impeding economic recovery and harming their livelihoods.

“At a time when many rural communities are experiencing double digit unemployment, the Obama Administration and the Democratic Congress are embarking on an effort that will greatly expand the role of the EPA and its ability to regulate private lands and waters,” said Roe. “As we learned, these new regulations are harmful to the First District of Tennessee because they could shut down business and put thousands of Americans out of work. As folks around the country are experiencing great economic strain, these new regulations will only continue to add strain on businesses struggling to stay afloat. Attempts to expand EPA’s control over everything from mud puddles to dust will have dire economic consequences on small businesses and family farms. We don’t need any more red tape in the First District of Tennessee, we need a federal government that will focus on creating jobs, preventing tax hikes and getting our economy back on track.”

Potential Job Killing EPA Regulations:

• Backdoor National Energy Tax that will kill jobs, stop economic growth and raise the cost of energy, food and transportation.

• Increased scope of the Clean Water Act to bring every body of water—from irrigation canals to seasonal mud puddles—under EPA’s jurisdiction.

• Unachievable standard for pesticide spray drift that will force frivolous lawsuits and cost thousands of jobs.

• Double the current regulatory standard on farm dust that would make tilling a field, operating a feedlot or diving farm vehicles impossible - bringing the agriculture sector to a standstill.

• An outright ban of Atrazine, the second-most used pesticide, which could cost 21,000 to 48,000 agriculture-related jobs.

• Regulation of hydraulic fracturing, a safe, well-regulated natural gas drilling technology, under the Clean Water Act, which would harm domestic energy production and kill thousands of energy jobs.

• Regulation of solid fuel-fired boilers that could result in tens of billions in capital costs for upgrades and the loss of thousands of jobs.

The Rural America Solutions Group was established by House Republicans to develop solutions to the unique issues facing rural America. To learn more about the Rural America Solutions Group, click here.

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