EPA’s Overreach by the Numbers

by Ryan Streams, Regulatory Affairs Analyst on November 4, 2015 - 8:56am

A new report from the Office of Management and Budget puts into stark context just how big EPA’s regulatory overreach has become.

EPA regulations from 2004 to 2014 have come with an annual price tag of $37.6 billion to $45.4 billion dollars, over three times higher than the next highest agency, the Department of Transportation. This figure looms even larger when you consider that it doesn’t include the Clean Power Plan, Waters of the US, EPA’s new Methane rules, the 2015 ozone standard, and others.

Cost of Regulations

This has not gone unnoticed by the courts and they’re starting to respond to regulatory overreach. For instance, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming sided with Western Energy Alliance and the Independent Petroleum Association of America, granting a preliminary injunction on the Bureau of Land Management’s hydraulic fracturing rule, and other federal circuit courts have stayed the EPA’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Other examples include suits on the carbon emissions levels from power plants, and ground-level ozone standards.

There are likely many more to come as this administration works to cement its environmental legacy.

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