CFER Statement on House of Representatives bill to abolish the EPA

February 7, 2017

Seattle, WA – Conservatives for Environmental Reform released the following statement:

While we agree that the EPA needs bold reforms, we are opposed to H.R.861.  Sponsored on February 3, 2017 by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Rep. Steven M. Palazzo (R-MS), and Rep. Barry Loudermick (R-GA), H.R.861 calls for the termination of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Positive protections from the EPA include:

  • Clean Water Act
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act

Without a clear and concise plan to replace the EPA, there is no guarantee that these basic protections will stay in place.  Failing to protect our water, among other things, would lead to major health and financial crises.  We urge every voter who cares about protecting these very simple safeguards to call on their Representatives to vote against H.R.861.

CFER founder and president Benji Backer said the following: “Although the EPA needs to be revamped and reformed, the EPA has an important role in preserving and protecting our environment.  Instead of removing the EPA completely, I hope Republicans work to improve the EPA and make environmental reforms a priority.”

President Trump’s EPA Administrator-designee, Scott Pruitt, said the following at his Senate confirmation hearing: “Clearly a change is needed.  Any new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency needs to protect the environment in a responsible way that doesn’t ignore the good work that states do to protect their air, land, and water, as well as their economies.”  We are hopeful that Congress will work alongside him to fulfill that promise.