The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 10:00am

This new study from the U.S. Chamber, The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States, describes how the relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states has devolved into a system where states are forced to implement more and more federal environmental programs with progressively less money from federal sources.  If EPA continues on this path, it could force a collapse of co-operative federalism which would be a disaster for the administration of environmental law. 

The report unveils new research on federal-to-state funding levels, identifies prime examples of recent regulations stressing state environmental agencies, and offers specific recommendations to Congress that will preserve federal/state cooperation.