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Quartet of Bills Introduced to Improve EPA Transparency

Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns has introduced a package of legislation to promote greater transparency and accountability in the EPA’s regulatory process. Johanns says everyone from mayors to public utility providers to farmers and ranchers have expressed concern with EPA’s aggressive agenda and lack of understanding about how the economy works. Johanns says he’s heard countless times that EPA is not transparent or responsive. The package he has introduced includes four individual pieces of legislation aimed at common-sense EPA regulatory reform.

The first bill would close a loophole by bringing EPA guidance documents under the scope of the Congressional Review Act. Only rules are currently covered under this clause – which has allowed EPA to use guidance documents to expand the agency’s regulatory reach without being subjected to Congressional oversight. The second piece of legislation would require EPA’s Inspector General to report to Congress twice a year on the agency’s progress in meeting regulatory reporting requirements in current law.

The third bill in the legislative package introduced by Senator Johanns reduces EPA’s budget by 20-thousand dollars every week until the agency meets its legal deadlines for regulatory agenda-setting. The final component promotes transparency and cooperation with state governments by requiring EPA to provide timely information and technical assistance to states working to comply with EPA mandates. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.