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Crapo fears new EPA chief will over-regulate farmers








Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, said he voted against President Obama's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency out of concern she'll impose overly burdensome regulations on business, farmers and ranchers.



The full Senate confirmed Gina McCarthy July 18 by a 59-40 vote.



Crapo, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee with jurisdiction over EPA, said in a press release that business owners, farmers and ranchers should be able to expect the benefits of government policies won't outweigh their cost. Crapo said he's unconvinced by McCarthy's testimony that she'll move the agent in a different direction.



"More often than not, these regulations provide little benefit to their intended purposes," Crapo said in the press release. "While I support ensuring that science, research and other tools are available to leave our air, water and soil better than we found them for future generations, layering on burdensome regulations, burying American businesses in more paperwork and imposing overwhelming penalties is not the best means to achieve the goal."



Conservation groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, lauded the choice.



"Gina McCarthy knows what it means to protect our air, water, land and health and stand up to the growing threats we're seeing from climate change," NRDC President Frances Beinecke said in a press release shortly after her nomination. "She's a good listener, a straight shooter and someone who has what it takes to build consensus and find solutions. We can count on her to protect our environment and our health."



--John O'Connell



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