Lawmakers find new ground to fight EPA

In the battle against regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency, members of Congress feel they have found new ground on which to skirmish.

Lawmakers believe an EPA-funded informational campaign about its Clean Water Rule crossed the line into advocacy and “propaganda,” at variance with federal law.

A report by the Government Accountability Office in December had already put the agency on notice about these practices.

North Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, long a critic of EPA policies, spoke out this week about the “covert propaganda” spread by the agency regarding a campaign for stricter regulations on agriculture in Washington state.

“The EPA has shown that it’s willing to do whatever it takes to force its radical agenda on rural America,” Graves, a Tarkio Republican, said in a statement.

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