June 01, 2016

Abolishing the EPA?

Mark A. Ryan

On March 18, 2016, the New York Times ran an article about plans by the two leading GOP presidential candidates to eliminate or greatly scale back the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Talk of eliminating EPA also played a part in the 2012 presidential election cycle. Campaign rhetoric aside, the March 18 article led me to think: Can the president unilaterally abolish EPA, and, if yes, what would happen to the myriad statutory requirements assigned to EPA? Given that EPA either oversees or directly implements most federal environmental statutes, these are not trivial questions.

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