Op-ed: Thank EPA, not Utah delegation, for what progress has been made

Matt Pacenza
June 9, 2016
The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah’s congressional delegation fervently embraces an unchallenged notion: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is an agency that’s terrible for the state, strangling business and blocking progress.

But here’s the truth: If you care about the health of our families and communities, you should be enormously grateful to the federal EPA. Its programs have kept Utah’s compromised air from being much, much worse.

Apparently, our four representatives and two senators are competing to see who can say more disparaging things about the EPA. Rep. Mia Love warns ominously of “the abuses of the EPA.” Sen. Orrin Hatch criticizes its “heavy-handed control.” Rep. Chris Stewart derides its “over-reaching, economically threatening agenda.”

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