Arizona Republican Lawmakers (Plus One Dem) Support Nullification of All EPA Rules

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Wolfgang Moroder via Wikimedia Commons
A group of 36 Republican Arizona lawmakers and one Democrat have signed a resolution supporting nullification of all Environmental Protection Agency rules.

The move comes just weeks after a chemical spill in Elk River, West Virginia, spoiled the water supply of 300,000 people, in part due to lax oversight of a coal-cleaning facility.

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Twelve state senators and 25 representatives are listed on the resolution so far, with only one "D" on the list: Carlyle Begay of Apache County. Begay's a Navajo who's been concerned with the EPA's decision last year to impose stringent rules on Arizona's coal plants.

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Arizona State Senator Judy Burges
The resolution's main champion, State Senator Judy Burges of Sun City, wasn't available for comment. Neither were a handful of lawmakers we tried to reach by phone this afternoon, including Begay. We'll let you know if any call back.

According to the group, the EPA simply has no right under the U.S. Constitution to tell the citizens of Arizona what to do.

Their argument, if you could call it that, is based on the 10th Amendment. Scroll down for the complete and mercifully short text of Senate Resolution 1003:

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DNichols
DNichols

The Photo of this article shows a sky that is about 90% phony sprayed white aresol metalic dust cloud cover that is being sprayed above us everywhere 24/7, our ozone is shot, and this sprayed chemtrail cover that begins as sprayed chemtrails that then spread across the sky is to try to lower the Earths surface temperature.

We all must breathe it, look aroud and see if you can tell that the white man made haze we now live in everywhere is in fact the same exact color as the chemical sprayed cloud cover, and is why visibility is very low all over, not just in cities.

Real Auto pollution is brown, not white.

This spray is the cause of many modern diseases including Heart Disease, Lung Disease, C.O.P.D. Breast Cancer, and many other illnesses.

With this Spraying being intentionally done by our Government what is the purpose of the E.P.A. ?

The E.P.A. has been overidden, and is pretty much a joke anyways.

Enjoy the "Clean Air"?!!

And how about a little "Honesty" from our Government about what "We the People" are being forced unknowingly to breathe!!!!

To: Government Transperancy, and Honesty?!

anonymus
anonymus

How can anyone argue against clean water or clean air or clean food? 


All politics aside, don't we have any more common sense? If someone produces or processes chemicals that kill, shouldn't their facilities be checked regularly to ensure that these poisons don't accidentally kill us? 


I don't care what side you belong to, we all need clean water, air and food.


I hope and pray that someday soon, we have lawmakers willing to stand up for common sense not just talk out their rears in a shameless display of political show boating.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

It seems to me that these folks forget that a Republican president created the EPA.

Or that a Republican president created the FDA and the USDA (TR signed the Meat Inspection Act in 1906 as well as the Pure Food and Drug Act)

Twits all.

leonardclark
leonardclark

Thank you Mr. Stern for letting us know about what these fascists are up to in the Arizona state legislature. Need to know which democrat put a knife in the back of party principles.

Leonard CLark

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Why not throw some toxic pollution into the mix with with a  4th rate education system and we'll have a bunch of one eyed, five legged, three eared, no dicked heavily armed  morons populating Arizona and they'll all watch Fox News and deify Rush. It will be even more of a Republican paradise than it is now.



GET ME THE HELL OUT OF THIS ASYLUM*


*spent 20+years working in one, don't want to spend any more time living in one.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

How about we take up a collection and buy the land next to Burges's home and use it as a toxic waste dump.  Let's see if she wants the EPA to do anything when her pet dinosaur starts turning purple!

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

Sounds like the tail is trying to wag the dog.


Twits.


Being led by Burgess, of all people. Those sheep following her should be ashamed.

jeanjb
jeanjb

1966 i was 6 years old went on a car trip to disneyland from pxh.i fell asleep and woke up to seing the whole sky a bright orange,like the lumber yard fire we saw a week earlier.

I thought the city of LA was on fire,bright orange and lots of smoke(it was 5PM)

My dad said it was polution and the city wasnt burning.

2008 i went to LA for a wedding and the sky was clear with no polution.

I realized without the EPA (bastards)the city of LA would look like bejing

I know its a pain in the ass,but they do some good!

cugagcmu80
cugagcmu80

Evidently, President Nixon (R) thought the EPA was a good idea because he signed the bill that created it.  But, then, today, many Americans see no need for any regulations----until something happens that affects them.  The WV state legislature is working on a bill to tighten regulations in regard to chemical spills, something I doubt it would have addressed before Freedom Industries' chemical spill negatively impacted the lives of  the citizens in nine counties.  Some can only learn by attending the School of Hard Knocks.

Cory Farley
Cory Farley

This is why I don't go to Arizona on vacation anymore. I won't spend another dime there until they quit being stupid.

Gary O'Brien
Gary O'Brien

Wow, I didn't realize we had this many Constitutional scholars in the Arizona legislature.

Kenneth Taylor
Kenneth Taylor

You know what the reasoning is.... :::wait for it::: theres no clean water in Phoenix anyway...a few more toxins wont hurt... #canyouseemymiddlefinger

Dale Witenhafer
Dale Witenhafer

The EPA needs a complete overhaul. They have far too much power. Government by bureaucracy is NOT good government. Our elected officials created the problem and I'm for taking whatever steps are necessary to fix it.

Ryan Gielow
Ryan Gielow

parish the thought... why would anyone want to eliminate arbitrary and capricious rules that were NEVER voted into law but carry the full force of law?

Penny Tompkins Cook
Penny Tompkins Cook

I was actually being polite, which is hard for me at times when it comes to teazonies

John Clayton Cross
John Clayton Cross

The ignorance runs deep in AZ! Speaking of Nullification New Times.

Adrian Mahlstede
Adrian Mahlstede

This was a result of too much government oversight, obviously.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

I mean really.  Can these clowns get ANY dumber and still have basic body functions?


Toby San
Toby San

Insanity. Since half (or more) of them think the world is about to end, they practice INSANE governance.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

Air pollution, water pollution and everything else affected by EPA regulations cross state boundaries and thus involved in interstate commerce and are therefore within the purview of the federal government. The bill these crazy individuals are trying to pass is null and void. They spend enough time at not doing the peoples' business. They don't need to be doing this and passing legislation that is dead on arrival at any Federal District Court.

karenkatzx13
karenkatzx13

@DNicholsoh please, do us a favor and keep your crackpot conspiracy theories to yourself or share them at your UFO club meetings.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 Eric, they aren't trying to pass a bill. They simply 'resolved' to make a statement that says, in effect, "we don't like the rules so we won't play by them, nah, nah, nah..."... somewhat like Mrs. Brewer does when she doesn't like something from the Feds....

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 

It doesn't really work that way, although that's the explanation the feds will give.

The fact that something might potentially cross a border isn't enough.


How does the level of dust in Maricopa County impact interstate commerce?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative 


Read Raich v. Gonzales and get back to us when you comprehend it.


The standard for invoking the jurisdiction of the ICC is that some activity "affects" interstate commerce, even though said activity might be entirely intra-state.


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@valleynative @eric.nelson745 When that smokestack on the Navajo Nation belches smoke, it doesn't stop when it reaches a state line. It is thus automatically a federal issue. Likewise, when a teenage girl (or boy) is transported from AZ to NM, CA, NV, CO or UT for the purposes of sex trafficking, it is automatically a federal case. That's covered by the Interstate Commerce clause. No matter how much you deny the power of the federal government in matters like this, you' lose. Trust me on that.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 

That standard is invalid.  It will be overturned by a court without an agenda.

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... enjoy your FANTASY universe where YOU get to arbitrarily decide what is or isn't Constitutional.


LOL!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... the word "SPECIFICALLY" does not appear anywhere in the 10th.


Try again..

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative ... "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution ..."


The ICC *is* delegated to the Feds ... BY the Constitution.


Ipso facto.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@valleynative " The feds should only be involved when the States need them and ask for their help. "


Which FANTASY amendment to your Phantom Constitution is that?


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@eric.nelson745 

A smokestack near a border is a legitimate cause for federal intervention IF the two states can't work it out.  The feds should only be involved when the States need them and ask for their help.

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