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12 states sue EPA over agency's alleged 'sue and settle' tactics
Fox News ^ | July 17, 2013/

Posted on 07/16/2013 11:09:06 PM PDT by george76

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the attorneys general of 11 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, demanding that the agency turn over documents the states allege will show the agency cooperates with environmental groups as part of a "sue and settle" legal strategy to develop regulations.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Oklahoma City, alleges that binding consent decrees between the EPA and environmental groups that have sued the agency over the years have led to new rules and regulations for states without allowing their attorneys general to defend their interests and those of its businesses and consumers.

"The EPA is picking winners and losers, exhibiting favoritism, at the expense of due process and transparency,” Pruitt said in a statement. "They are manipulating our legal system to achieve what they cannot through our representative democracy. The outcomes of their actions affect every one of us by sticking states with the bill and unnecessarily raising utility rates by as much as 20 percent."

Besides Oklahoma, the attorney generals of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Wyoming are parties to the lawsuit.

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Pruitt said as many as 40 lawsuits have been filed against EPA over the years by such environmental groups as Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and the Sierra Club that have led to consent decrees, "sometimes on the same day the lawsuit is filed," that include terms and conditions that go beyond statutory guidelines approved by Congress.

"I would look at that very suspect and say: 'What's going on?'" Pruitt said. "The EPA is picking winners and losers.

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1 posted on 07/16/2013 11:09:06 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

This will run through the court system, and end up in the Supreme Court by the summer of 2016. I don’t see the fed’s winning....the state’s accusation is fairly strong and it’s going to revamp the way that the EPA operates for the next decade.


2 posted on 07/16/2013 11:13:10 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: george76
STATES' RIGHTS! The only way back to our Republic!

3 posted on 07/16/2013 11:24:06 PM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: pepsionice; george76; Carry_Okie; calif_reaganite

I think this is GREAT!!! I only wish CA and the rest of the states would join in this to make it a full court press!!!


4 posted on 07/16/2013 11:31:18 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: george76

By the way, here’s the latest from my county that makes me smile!!!


5 posted on 07/16/2013 11:37:23 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: SierraWasp; jazusamo; girlangler; Flycatcher

Good to see a few states pushing back.


6 posted on 07/16/2013 11:38:33 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
"...and the Sierra Club that have led to consent decrees, "sometimes on the same day the lawsuit is filed," that include terms and conditions that go beyond statutory guidelines approved by Congress."

The Sierra Flub's legal arm is "EarthJustice!" It was either them or some other group that pulled this stunt to get EPA to force the use of an oxidizing agent called M.T.B.E. in CA's gasoline that polluted wells in the Tahoe Basin and all around the rest of the state.

The gasoline pipeline from the Bay Area refinery to Reno that parallels I-80 leaked a bunch of the stuff in a stream feeding Donner Lake in the early 2000's. Carol Browner told the Regional Council of Rural Counties that they were forced in the 90's to force the use of this pollutant by a "friendly lawsuit" by one of these miserable militant groups!!!

7 posted on 07/16/2013 11:46:11 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: george76

This has been and ongoing tactic for over 25 years, from my experiance. They set the fines so high, that when they settle for less you pay instead of risking further exposure.


8 posted on 07/16/2013 11:53:21 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: SierraWasp

This sue and settle scam prevents the public from knowing what the EPA is doing until it is too late.

The USFS and BLM play similar games.


9 posted on 07/16/2013 11:55:38 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SierraWasp; george76

Yippeee!

Some sanity, at last! You have NO idea how much I’ve missed it. ;o)

BTTT!


10 posted on 07/16/2013 11:58:18 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (To the GOPe ~ Chickens...comin' home...to roost!)
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To: george76

It’s about time for this lawsuit!


11 posted on 07/16/2013 11:58:19 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: george76

Glad to see this. States should be pushing back against the EPA (heck, the whole FedGov) in every way possible.


12 posted on 07/17/2013 12:01:33 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: A Navy Vet
>>consent decrees . . . . have led to new rules and regulations for states without allowing their attorneys general to defend their interests and those of its businesses and consumers.<<

So petty little commissars get to push the states around? Gee, who would have thought that could happen when the states were booted from the senate?

13 posted on 07/17/2013 1:50:34 AM PDT by Jacquerie (To restore the 10th Amendment, repeal the 17th.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
One to watch.

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14 posted on 07/17/2013 3:33:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: pepsionice

I’m glad GA is involved but what the states really need to do is start telling the EPA to stick it. Let it go to court and tell the court to stick it. Only the SCOTUS has jurisdiction over a sovereign state.


15 posted on 07/17/2013 5:24:51 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: FreedomPoster

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16 posted on 07/17/2013 5:28:23 AM PDT by bigtoona
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To: SierraWasp
The Sierra Flub's legal arm is "EarthJustice!" It was either them or some other group that pulled this stunt to get EPA to force the use of an oxidizing agent called M.T.B.E. in CA's gasoline that polluted wells in the Tahoe Basin and all around the rest of the state.

That was the NRDC, not the Sierra Club, and it was done during the Bush I administration.

17 posted on 07/17/2013 6:24:30 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party, advancing indentured constituency for 150 years.)
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To: george76

Probably how Marylands new Rain Tax came about. Property owners (Commercial and Residential, but not Gov) will be charged an amount which rain rolls off a paved surface, to help the Chesapeake Bay. Some will be paying more than their property taxes.


18 posted on 07/17/2013 6:27:04 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: george76

pfl


19 posted on 07/17/2013 6:58:38 AM PDT by Currentriverrat (People are calling our President the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, that's not allowed is it?)
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To: george76

Great to see this is happening, it’s long overdue.


20 posted on 07/17/2013 8:02:15 AM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: SierraWasp
There is something wrong with your memory.

The first question and decision was whether or not to put an oxygenate in gasoline to make it burn better in the cylinder and reduce pollution. And the universal consensus was yes.

Then the next question was which oxygenate. The Midwest went with ethanol and CA and other states went with mtbe, which was produced in a refinery from waste products. A new product.

It was the O&G industry/refiners who were pushing mtbe.

There may have been, as you say, some leaky pipelines but the real problem was that CA did an inadequate job of inspecting buried gasoline tanks. Gasoline is not water soluble so a leaky tank is not a big problem. But when you put water soluble mtbe in the gasoline , it migrates fast and far

21 posted on 07/17/2013 1:26:05 PM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Carry_Okie
Very well, you get the historcal accuracy prize and thank you very much for it!!!

Actually I had two purposes in my reply. I fouled one up but still have the other right. "EarthJustice" is in fact the Sierra Flub's litigation organization. So, one out of two ain't a complete failure...

22 posted on 07/17/2013 3:58:12 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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To: SierraWasp
"EarthJustice" is in fact the Sierra Flub's litigation organization.

Interestingly, they have offices across the street from the Stanford Law School. Yep, right on campus.

23 posted on 07/17/2013 4:10:57 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party, advancing indentured constituency for 150 years.)
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To: george76
This proves again that it is not Obama's policy to be a good-faith negotiator in anything. Obama doesn't care whether he ultimately wins or loses in the courts. He only cares that the process will bankrupt the people and businesses that he targets along the way.

That's why George Zimmerman needs to watch out for Federal hate crime charges. It doesn't matter to Obama and Holder whether they will ultimately win in court or not, or that their case is even winnable or Constitutional. They only care that Zimmerman is punished along the way.

-PJ

24 posted on 07/17/2013 4:15:04 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Ben Ficklin
"It was the O&G industry/refiners who were pushing mtbe."

Well of course it was! The stuff was cheaper and they had been paying big bucks to get rid of the toxic stuff and this idea saved them that expense, too!

There's nothing wrong with my memory! I was just trying to make a quick comment about the ghastly effect of the threat of litigation and the milking of the legal system by these NGO litigating parasites who threat and switch!!!

If I were to write a book in response to each thread you'd complain about that even more!!! (Next time don't be so fast and loose with the aspersions, thanks.) I've never poked you like that before so don't start with me. (at least not that I remember)(grin)

25 posted on 07/17/2013 4:28:29 PM PDT by SierraWasp (I pledge to the USSA & 2 the democrazy for witch it stands, a nation with liberalism & misery 4 all!)
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