Senator Mike Lee defends the earmark ban

Scattered around the country there are more than 1,300 Superfund Sites. These are areas where significant pollution exists and where (usually) no one is legally responsible for cleaning it up. Most of these sites are isolated, are buffered from the larger environment by natural or man-made coverings, and pose no threat to the surrounding populace (if any). The Environmental Protection Agency maintains a list of these sites, and in the fullness of time is supposed to get around to cleaning them up. (The times will be very full indeed at…

The EPA vs. the Fourth of July

Yesterday, ten senators, including Utah senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, signed a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to renounce the EPA’s proposed rule to expand the agency’s jurisdiction over water.  The letter cites several cases where environmental lawsuits threatened to end Fourth of July fireworks displays in San Diego, Lake Tahoe, and Lake Murray.  If the EPA’s power is expanded as anticipated under their proposed rule, then their expanded scope of jurisdiction could threaten an even broader range of fireworks displays.