U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today called the Environmental Protection Agency's announcement to move forward with Tier 3 regulations bad news for consumers who may see an increase in gas prices as a result.

"The EPA continues to disregard the facts and potential economic costs of Tier 3, when consumers and our economy can't afford gas prices going up even further," said Vitter. "The ignored consequences of Tier 3 include importing more foreign energy, increasing our trade deficit, and reducing our energy security. This move signals a frightening flood of new rules under the potential Gina McCarthy led EPA and represents one of a litany of likely regulations that require transparency to justify both the costs and the benefits."

On February 4, 2013 Vitter led a bipartisan group of Senators urging President Obama not to move forward with the EPA's proposal for Tier 3 regulations and called into question the need for Tier 3. Click here to read the letter from Sens. Vitter, Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Mary Landrieu (D-La.).