EPA needs rural input, Tipton says

The Environmental Protection Agency should seek out rural Americans as it considers new regulations on power plants, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo.

The EPA is conducting 11 public listening sessions across the country and the only one in Colorado is scheduled for Wednesday in Denver.

“I fail to see how meeting during business hours, in a major metropolitan area that is hundreds of miles from some of the communities that will be most directly affected by the proposed regulations, furthers transparency or includes real stakeholder engagement,” Tipton wrote to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “This proposed listening session doesn’t allow for sufficient input from rural America and people that have traditional job hours.”

Tipton’s 3rd Congressional District includes most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado.

McCarthy had promised greater transparency in hearings, Tipton said.

Regulations proposed by the Obama administration already have had “devastating effects on our economy and killed good paying jobs,” Tipton wrote, noting that more than 200 plants have closed since 2009.

“Residents and businesses in rural America will suffer the most as a result of these new proposals and they deserve to be heard,” Tipton wrote.


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