"Corporate America's Public Enemy No. 1: The EPA"

"On Monday, House oversight committee chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released more than 100 letters he has received from corporations, trade groups, and associations outlining the regulations they'd like to see changed. The letters make clear that the Environmental Protection Agency is corporate America's top target.

Issa solicited solicited lists of burdensome regs from the business community last month, and the early responses focused largely on environmental rules businesses would like to see axed. The Wall Street Journal got an early look a the letters, with includes dozens of gripes about the EPA's current and proposed rules from 30 different organizations:

Groups complained about dozens of other proposed and existing EPA regulations in letters viewed by the Journal, including the agency's plans to tighten limits on emissions of some pollutants from industrial boilers, ground-level ozone, mountain-top mining, cooling water intake structures, the level of nutrients in Florida waters, and pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay.

In all, Issa's office released ... letters totalling 1,947 pages."

Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones February 7, 2011.


"Most Americans Oppose Restrictions on EPA, Poll Finds" (Reuters)

"Polls: Americans Back EPA And Clean Energy" (USA TODAY)

"Issa Releases Letters From Industry on Regulations" (Center for Public Integrity)

"Kochs Spent Big on EPA Foes" (Mother Jones)

"EPA Chief Faces Hostile House GOP" (Politico)

"Gripes over EPA in Responses to Darrell Issa" (Politico)

"Rep. Issa Airs Industry Grievances on Federal Regs" (Greenwire)

"House GOP Targets Obama Regulations" (Washington Post)

"House to Launch Parallel Effort To Target Burdensome Regs" (The Hill)

"Darrell's Delusion" (Slate)

"Newt's Unpopular Anti-EPA Crusade" (Mother Jones)

"CREW Releases Searchable Version of Issa Documents" (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washingon)

"Don't Look Back" (New Yorker)

"The Top 5 Obama Regulations That American Businesses Hate Most" (Daily Caller)

Source: Mother Jones, 02/08/2011