Arizona Republican Lawmakers (Plus One Dem) Support Nullification of All EPA Rules
A group of 36 Republican Arizona lawmakers and one Democrat have signed a resolution supporting nullification of all Environmental Protection Agency rules.
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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.
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.
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.
Arizona State Senator Judy Burges
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: