Washington, D.C.-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed an agreement from Senator Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairman of the EPW Committee, to hold hearings in June on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) clean air regulations. In a letter sent this afternoon, Senator Inhofe thanked Chairman Boxer for her commitment and asked that these hearings specifically address the most onerous air regulations planned by the Obama EPA, which are commonly known as the "EPA train wreck." Since the 112th Congress commenced, the EPW Committee has yet to hold an oversight hearing on these forthcoming rules.
"I am pleased that Senator Boxer has agreed to my request to conduct critical oversight hearings on the Obama Administration's clean air regulations," Senator Inhofe said. "In a letter to Senator Boxer today, I requested that these hearings focus specifically on those regulations that are projected to threaten the economic viability of America's manufacturing base and put hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk. These rules deserve the full scrutiny of our Committee.
"EPA is clearly moving too far too fast and is in dire need of oversight. I hope the outcome of these hearings will be that we can rein in this regulatory train wreck and get on the right track to achieving a clean air policy that balances environmental progress and economic growth."