146 U.S. Representatives call out EPA taxpayer-funded anti-farmer plot

April 25, 2016

By Cameron Probert

as published by iFIBERONE

EPHRATA – Rep. Dan Newhouse joined with 145 U.S. representatives to criticize the Environmental Protection Agency for spending money to lobby for stricter regulations.

Newhouse, representing Grant County in the Fourth Congressional District, criticized the federal money being used on “What’s Upstream?”

The website is a project by the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, the Swinomish Tribal Indian Community and the Western Environmental Law Center to support a 100-foot buffer zone between agricultural land and waterways.

“Planting buffers can help the agriculture industry do its part to protect our water resources,” states
The EPA originally awarded a grant to the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, a consortium of 20 tribes. The commission passed the money to the Swinomish Tribe in northwestern Washington, according to a Capital Press article.
EPA officials criticized the tribe using the money to support the campaign, according to the Capital Press. The grant was awarded for billboards aimed at endangered salmon recovery efforts.

The representatives stated the agency need’s tighter controls on its money to prevent the money being spent on illegal projects.

They pointed out an EPA Office of the Inspector General investigation showed “of a sample of 10 different EPA subawards, only three had protocols in place to ensure … recipients did not engage in lobbying activities.”

“The campaign appears to be part of an alarming trend where EPA engages in funding advocacy efforts against the very entities it is seeking to regulate,” the representatives stated. “EPA cannot systematically choose when it wishes to follow the law and when it does not.”

Newhouse stated it is disturbing the agency allowed funding to attack farmers.

“The EPA must be held accountable to cooperate fully with oversight investigations and to end the pattern of taxpayer-funded lobbying efforts,” he stated.

Reposted by  4/25/16

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