Murkowski Moves to Block Clean Air Act Regulation

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) plans to offer an amendment to the Interior, EPA, Forest Service Appropriations bill that would prevent unintended and unwanted consequences of regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act.  The bill already contains a provision that would prohibit the use of funds to implement rules that would require Clean Air permits for livestock.

The amendment would prevent the application of the Clean Air Act to new building or renovation permits to barns, greenhouses, and other farm buildings, and also to schools, hospitals, and churches that emit a certain threshold amount of carbon dioxide.

It would limit EPA to regulation of new motor vehicle emissions, which was the subject of the 2007 Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. It does not change or limit what the Supreme Court ruled.

AFBF and other agricultural organizations will be sending a letter in support of this amendment later today.

With the pace of climate legislation slowing in the Senate, EPA is moving forward with its endangerment finding and regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.  Such regulation may well have the consequence of applying stringent Clean Air Act requirements to livestock operations, barns, and other farm structures that emit a certain low threshold amount of greenhouse gases.

The Murkowski amendment, coupled with provisions already in the bill, would ensure that these unintended consequences would not be applied to agricultural operations. It has drawn much fire from environmentalists who say that the amendment lets “Big Oil” off the hook with respect to carbon dioxide emissions. Over 32 environmental groups signed a letter urging the senate to block the Murkowski amendment.

3 responses to this post.

  1. There has to be a balance that doesn’t hinder the small famers and ranchers.


    • Posted by Shawn Martini on September 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

      Agreed! Do you think thats what is happening with this amendment? Is there anything else you would like to see done on this issue?


  2. […] funding bill for the Interior Department and related agencies by a 77-21 vote. The bill includes an amendment by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would prevent unintended and unwanted consequences from regulation by the Environmental […]


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