Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young today denounced the EPA’s proposal to place unprecedented restrictions on state lands in the Bristol Bay region, and called it a major attack on state’s rights both in Alaska and nationwide.
“For the EPA to put forward these types of restrictions, prior to any permit applications and without due process, is alarming to say the least,” said Congressman Don Young. “As I’ve said in the past, the EPA’s expansive, jurisdictional power grab is a very serious threat to Alaska’s sovereignty and the future of any development on state, Alaska Native, or privately owned lands both in Alaska and across the United States.”
“People must understand the implications of the EPA’s actions. If they get away with taking these actions in the Bristol Bay region, they can and will replay this strategy nationwide and stop projects in their tracks – before, during, and after the permitting process. These actions give the EPA absolute authority to meddle in even the most basic development and infrastructure projects, a fact that should be chilling to any private land owner or anyone who has benefited from even the most basic construction project.”
Congressman Young recently condemned the EPA during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup on H.R. 4854, the Regulator Certainty Act of 2014. The legislation would clarify when the EPA has authority to prohibit, deny, or restrict the use of a defined area as a disposal site under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act, and limit a preemptive veto by the EPA.
Congressman Young recently condemned the EPA during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup on H.R. 4854, the Regulator Certainty Act of 2014 (click here to watch).