Never fear, good people: Carbon emissions aren’t the only item on the EPA’s agenda

posted at 12:01 pm on July 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Legally, the executive administration is required to release a unified regulatory agenda twice a year, in order to provide the American people with an advance and accurate picture of what will probably be costly and disruptive future regulations the government will be working to enact. Usually, the administration obliges with these road maps in April and then in October — but this is the Obama administration we’re talking about here, and they pretty much do what they want, when they want. After completely skipping the lawfully required spring regulatory agenda last year (election, cough), they finally did produce one agenda for 2012 — in December. The afternoon before everybody got out of town for Christmas.

This time, the Obama administration has been so magnanimous as to actually put together a spring regulatory agenda — which they released on July 3rd, the day before the federal Fourth of July holiday. …Is anybody else sense a pattern here?

Anyhow, the Environmental Protection Agency is one of the worst offenders when it comes to handing down top-heavy, ideologically driven, economically costly regulations on the regular, and President Obama’s big climate-change address in June — about deploying his executive powers to allow the EPA to regulate carbon emissions in new and existing power plants — is only one of a number of brand-new measures with which the EPA will be busying itself. What will they think up next?

The new regulations, previewed in the administration’s spring regulatory roadmap released this week, cover everything from pollution runoff from military ships to landfill methane emissions, and in some cases will be issued long after called for under the law.

This September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to propose rules for greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, and next June will issue draft rules for existing facilities. …

The EPA is also looking to regulate the pollution discharges from military ships, including drainage from onboard photography labs, deck runoff from rain and seawater and foam used to fight fires onboard. …

Other rules planned to be proposed in coming months would regulate new refrigerants used in automobile air conditioners, update 29-year-old standards for grain elevators and renew an effort to change disposals of pharmaceuticals that are considered hazardous waste. …

Outside analysts and business groups have criticized the delay as a problematic habit that shields regulatory action from public scrutiny.

Because, Most Transparent Admin… oh, forget it.


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Continuing to re-arrange the deck chairs on the sinking SS Obama.

We have real problems in this country. Protection the entire ocean from a few thousand gallons of fire fighting foam is #999,999,999,999 on the list of top 40 things we need addressed.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM

In a nutshell, the problem is we have a lot of people in DC singing “We are the World” instead of “God bless the USA”.

And we can’t get them to change their tune.

PappyD61 on July 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The EPA is also looking to regulate the pollution discharges from military ships, including drainage from onboard photography labs

Uh, unless they are talking about the Iranian Navy, everyone else is pretty much digital now. You would be hard pressed to find a full blown developing lab on any US Navy ship these days.

Johnnyreb on July 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Utopia is just around the corner!

trs on July 8, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Gut the EPA! Gut the EPA! Gut the EPA!

ultracon on July 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Can we get the EPA to do population control? They could start a demonstration project using EPA staff.

platypus on July 8, 2013 at 12:14 PM

So, they want to Systematically Destroy our military, our transportation and our food supplies?

faraway on July 8, 2013 at 12:15 PM

In a nutshell, the problem is we have a lot of people in DC singing “We are the World” instead of “God bless the USA”.

And we can’t get them to change their tune.

PappyD61 on July 8, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Sadly, it isn’t just a problem in DC alone. And God is quite aware of that. I’m in expectation of some action, soon, on God’s part. It ain’t gonna be good for some people who don’t see that their tune needs changin’.

Just sayin’ and prayin’.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

So, they want to Systematically Destroy our military, our transportation and our food supplies?

Leave off that question mark and you are entirely on target.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM

God Gawd.
///

annoyinglittletwerp on July 8, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Gut the EPA! Gut the EPA! Gut the EPA!

ultracon on July 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Gutted, along with 90% of the feds ABCs of bureaucratic mismanagement, incompetence and waste.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Talking Heads, prophetic in 1988.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

In order to purchase candle making materials you will have to have a wax handling permit. There is an annual fee of $500 for that and a required 10 week course (2 year waiting list to enroll) Plus, an additional “lighting” fee that offsets the impact of candle smoke.

Depending on where in the “woods” you are living…..the EPA has set up designated “crapping hole” areas that are located 1 per 50 square miles to ease the enviromental impact. If you are not located close enough to the designated hole you can purchase EPA approved bags ($20/each) to handle your needs but these will have to be taken to the “hole” and the transportation fee for your bag of feces is $50 per month.

Enjoy the outdoors!!

Ditkaca on July 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I am old enough to remember when the EPA actually did good things and stopped a bunch of really bad stuff from being dumped into the environment. They used to be the good guys.

Johnnyreb on July 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Silly peasant, yurts will only be for low level loyal party members and highly productive workers in our coming utopia.

As will be candles.

And you’ll be lucky with that woods thing you mention, unless you have a valid government permit for such as activity.

/Sarc

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Ditkaca on July 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

And, that yurt had better be made from human skins, as you certainly can’t go around killing animals just to keep yourself dry. Hmmm, wool might work, since it’s a renewable resource, but there’s the whole exploitation thing going to deal with. And don’t even *think* of using wool from black sheep…….

GWB on July 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

GWB on July 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

going

GWB on July 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Nice economy you got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it.

This “agenda” is the first salvo in a massive rent-seeking fundraising exercise for the Congressional mid-terms next year. “Pay us now or pay us later” is the Democrat way.

MTF on July 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Johnnyreb on July 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Ain’t that the truth. Name one sane person that feels that way anymore.

D-fusit on July 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods. Really, I am. trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

It’s not all that bad, really.

Akzed on July 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

It’s come to this: regulating the drainage of sea water from a seagoing navy ship!

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

PattyJ on July 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

It’s come to this: regulating the drainage of sea water from a seagoing navy ship!

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

PattyJ on July 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

What better way to keep the Navy inactive and in port. Or better yet, eliminate more ships. Fewer ships, less drainage.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Because, Most Transparent Admin… oh, forget it.

I’d like to forget it, I really would.

Oldnuke on July 8, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods. Really, I am. trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

It’s not all that bad, really.

Akzed on July 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Yeah….you keep telling yourself that.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Ditkaca on July 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Or, you can buy “crap credits” which will allow you to crap anywhere and by-pass the official crap hole.

I just happen to have some crap credits for sale.

BacaDog on July 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

And didn’t SCOTUS say that the EPA has the power to do all this?

Cindy Munford on July 8, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

You might want to invest in a copy of this.

SailorMark on July 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

You might want to invest in a copy of this.

SailorMark on July 8, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Gee, that book might be the basis of a change in local government policy in places like Bezerkely soon.

I wonder if the book is printed on biodegradable paper which can be repurposed as TP once its been read.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Gut the EPA! Gut the EPA! Gut the EPA!

ultracon on July 8, 2013 at 12:12 PM

I know that predictably thoughtless,junior-high level mocking always wins me over to the left-prog point of view.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 8, 2013 at 1:09 PM

I suppose to get a job at the EPA you must be a card carrying member of the Progressive/communist party & pledge allegiance to the King.
This is awful.
How in the world am I going to afford my electric bills?
Oh, that’s right.
Just like Obamacare won’t work & change the country to single payer, the EPA will make utilities so high we’ll be reading by candlelight. & if there’s an accidental fire, no problem, a mini version of population control.
Really painfully sick of all of this.
Who’s going to help us when we have a 1 party system?
Can’t even support a Tea Party candidate, because they’ve got ya covered. Put in phonies like Rubio & Flake & then they come out of the closet….fooled ya, I’m really a liberal!

Belle on July 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

SOMEONE PLEASE TELL JOHN BOEHNER AND ERIC CANTOR TO DEFUND THE EPA NEXT YEAR UNTIL THEY ROLL BACK THE REGS.

MitchFlorida on July 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I am sorry but Yurts have been outlawed as they rape virgin forests for the wood and waste energy making steam to shape the wood. Raping bee hives for there wax in no longer allowed and we must also charge a carbon tax for your indiscriminate burning of the candle. Perhaps you should be more careful with the toxic waste that you are scattering around the woods. We have reserved reports of bears stepping in your toxic waste and more than one fluffy bunny needed to be decontaminated at the cost of billions.

Grunt on July 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM

‘Cuz, you know what we need?

More job-killing Obamanomics!


Obamanomics: America’s second-largest employer is a temp agency

Resist We Much on July 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

If they can’t get it out on time, by law, then the rules should be ignored, they aren’t legal.

sadatoni on July 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

MitchFlorida : “SOMEONE PLEASE TELL JOHN BOEHNER AND ERIC CANTOR TO DEFUND THE EPA NEXT YEAR UNTIL THEY ROLL BACK THE REGS”.

Sorry, Mitch.

Its’ like telling them, along with Ryan et al. to stop amnesty, not to raise the debt ceiling, stop the $60 billion Sandy Bill pork, have something constructive come from their congressional investigations (eg. IRS, Benghazi, Big gov. monitoring our lives, TSA bullies)…its just not gonna happen.

Belle on July 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Frack EPA and the imbecile who runs the WH!

jimver on July 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

update 29-year-old standards for grain elevators

Now there is something affecting all of America, we have got to update grain elevators.

What do they do, change the music?

right2bright on July 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Sorry but crapping in the woods will be strictly forbidden. You’re just going to have to hold it.

cajunpatriot on July 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

What better way to keep the Navy inactive and in port. Or better yet, eliminate more ships. Fewer ships, less drainage.

hawkeye54

Another way to weaken American “hegemony.”

PattyJ on July 8, 2013 at 1:53 PM

… including drainage from onboard photography labs

That issue should go away soon. I heard the next big thing in photography is something called “Digital.”

BRunner on July 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM

The new regulations, previewed in the administration’s spring regulatory roadmap released this week, cover everything from pollution runoff from military ships to landfill methane emissions, and in some cases will be issued long after called for under the law.

Hey, if you work at the dump, don’t fart or use the Porta Potty, the EPA will come after you! Better hold it in till you get home!

Steve Z on July 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

No regulation should take effect unless both houses of Congress which represent the people and states affirmatively vote not to kill it. A majority vote against in either house should stop it just like it would stop a piece of legislation. When you are going the regulatory route to do things because they could not pass Congress, you have dropped the “consent of the governed” thing the Founding Fathers thought was pretty important.

KW64 on July 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

I’m beginning to see that the whole yurt thing isn’t going to work out.

Perhaps a cave.

In the dark.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

But candles emit carbon dioxide and cause global warming. Just get all your work done by sunset, or wait for a full moon.

Steve Z on July 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

foam used to fight fires onboard. …

Fire aboard ship?

First file form 123b with the EPA…

agmartin on July 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I

’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Sorry but crapping in the woods will be strictly forbidden. You’re just going to have to hold it.

cajunpatriot on July 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

You’ll be able to make your deposit at the local human waste composting and recycling center which will be springing up everywhere out of popular demand, once toilets and sewers have been outlawed, for a nominal fee, of course. BYOTP, and be sure it is certifided recycled and biodegradable.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

’m looking forward to living in a yurt by candle light and crapping in the woods.

Really, I am.

trigon on July 8, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Sorry but crapping in the woods will be strictly forbidden. You’re just going to have to hold it.

cajunpatriot on July 8, 2013 at 1:52 PM

You’ll be able to make your deposit at the local human waste composting and recycling center which will be springing up everywhere out of popular demand, once toilets and sewers have been outlawed, for a nominal fee, of course. BYOTP, and be sure it is certifided recycled and biodegradable.

hawkeye54 on July 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

You will also have to use the patented Sherly Crowe single-sheet dispenser. Any wasteful dispensers will be illegal.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

EPA = End Productive Americanism.

cat-scratch on July 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

At least we all still have our sense of humor about this crappola.

Kissmygrits on July 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

As the Obamabots might say….but won’t; “Laws? We don’t need any stinking laws!”

GarandFan on July 8, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Yeah,
Damn pinko Richard Nixon, who created the EPA and the Clean Water Act.

Oh for the good old days when you could roast marshmallows on the bonfire of the Cuyahoga River.

inklake on July 8, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Well they are easy to figure out, IF IT COSTS AMERICA MONEY…DO IT

deptofredundancydept on July 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

“The EPA is also looking to regulate the pollution discharges from military ships, including … deck runoff from rain and seawater …”

This must be the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. Rain that falls on a ship deck and runs off into the sea is to be regulated as POLLUTION?!?

jms on July 8, 2013 at 9:02 PM