Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) “introduced a measure Thursday to ban the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) from revoking Clean Water Act permits that have already been granted,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Bureaucrats should not be able to regulate what has not been legislated,” he said. “Giving any agency such absolute power will have a chilling effect on investment and job creation.”
Mr. Manchin said he’s irked at the federal agency because last month it revoked a clean water permit for a West Virginia mine, after a firm had already planned to invest $250 million in the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had approved the project in early 2007. The EPA can block such permits, but has never retroactively vetoed one, Manchin aides said.