ALFORD: The EPA's 'Sue and Settle' Scam

Harry C. Alford | 6/5/2013, 4 p.m.
Harry C. Alford

The environmental groups that led the way in this process are the Sierra Club, WildEarth Guardians, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund. These “lawsuits” have halted business expansion, investment, research and many jobs. They, along with the EPA, have bludgeoned many corporations and workers by way of sue and settle. The biggest case involves the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Act Rules which will cost corporations and the states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and the federal government up to $18 billion in compliance demands. Next is the Utility MACT Rule which will cost up to $9.6 billion and also will force up to 21 coal fired utility plants to close and raise electricity rates on millions of consumers and industries.

Congress is not pleased. The Bill, H.R. 1493, is working its way through the House of Representatives. Hopefully, it will pass and stop the above madness. How can a government that is supposed to be purely democratic act in such an abusive way. There is an atmosphere of tyranny when you put this practice in with the other four scandals. How many more scandals will pop up under this atmosphere of “Damn the Constitution”?

Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce®. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.