Upton Raises Concerns over EPA IG Report

September 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) expressed concerns over a new report released today from the Office of the Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Inspector General found that EPA failed to follow the government's own scientific review requirements when issuing its "endangerment finding" for greenhouse gases - a key finding at the core of Obama's climate change regulatory agenda.

Upton issued the following statement:

"The Inspector General's findings call into question the credibility of the endangerment finding and the justification for multiple regulatory efforts that stemmed from that finding. EPA failed to conduct its proper due diligence and now the American people will be forced to pay the price. 

"Sound process is critical to sound outcomes, and the credibility of federal policy and regulations is compromised when agencies cut corners. EPA's controversial greenhouse gas regulations are projected to cost tens of billions of dollars and could eliminate up to 1.4 million jobs by 2014. Clearly the stakes are high, and the notion that the Obama administration took regulatory shortcuts in pursuit of their preferred policy outcome is deeply troubling."