Oklahoma May Strip EPA Of Powers Within Borders
by: Daniel Jennings
January 11, 2014
Proposed legislation in Oklahoma would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its rule-making powers, nullifying much of the EPA’s ability to make and enforce rules within the borders.
State Senator Patrick Anderson (R-Enid) has introduced the bill, arguing that the EPA’s actions are not allowed under the US Constitution.
Under the proposed legislation the EPA would only be able to enforce laws passed by Congress and not create or enforce any new regulation on its own. Senate Bill 1167 was introduced in December in the state legislature and its first reading is scheduled for Feb. 3.