Hon. John Berrey, Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of OK Testifies at EPW Subcommittee


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight held a hearing today, Oversight of EPA Unfunded Mandates on State, Local, and Tribal Governments, to hear from state, local, and tribal government representatives on the impacts of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and unfunded mandates on American states, localities, and tribes. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate EPW Committee, introduced the Hon. John Berrey, chairman of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, who testified as a witness at the hearing and discussed how regulations and unfunded mandates issued by the EPA impact Indian tribal governments.


“I am pleased to have had John Berrey from my state of Oklahoma testify on the effects that EPA's unfunded mandates have on tribal governments like the Quapaw Tribe,” Inhofe said. “The Quapaw Tribe is one of the largest employers in the tri-state area where Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma meet so when EPA issues new rules and regulations on the Tribe, there are significant economic impacts. As Chairman Berrey so clearly stated in his testimony, EPA’s unfunded mandates have a disproportionate effect on tribal enterprises.”

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