Monday, October 16, 2017
Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Environmental Protection Agency's 'Sue and Settle' Directive
The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it will end “sue and settle” practices within the agency.
“We’re pleased to see the U.S. EPA move away from the previous administration’s practice of behind-the-scenes consent decrees and settlement agreements into a more open and fair regulatory process just as Congress intended.
“The EPA’s history of letting special interest groups dictate policy through litigation not only eliminated meaningful public discourse in the rulemaking process, but also cost taxpayers millions of dollars. More importantly, it forced the agency to create and enforce regulations without due process.
“We would like to thank EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for working to increase transparency in the regulatory process and helping ensure that all stakeholders have a voice when new environmental rules are developed.”
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