Missouri's Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says he thinks the federal Environmental Protection Agency should be eliminated.

Missouri's Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Smith says he thinks the federal Environmental Protection Agency should be eliminated.
Smith's remarks came during a Missouri Farm Bureau presentation Thursday at the Missouri State Fair on a new rule on streams, tributaries and wetlands. The EPA says the federal rule clarifies but doesn't expand which smaller bodies of water should be protected from development and pollution.
The Missouri Farm Bureau says the rule is a significant expansion of the EPA's authority. The group wants the new rule axed. Smith says he supports not only stripping funding for the EPA but eliminating the agency altogether.

 

Congressman Smith's statement:

Congressman Jason Smith Calls for Elimination of Environmental Protection Agency

Cites EPA’s “war on rural America”, says environmental policy should be left to states


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thursday, Congressman Jason Smith called for elimination of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a federal agency that accidentally dumped three million gallons of toxic waste into a river system in Colorado earlier this month.

 

The call came during a Missouri Farm Bureau press conference at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

 

“The EPA spill is just one more in a long list of examples that show this federal agency cannot be trusted,” Smith said afterward. “Environmental policy should be left to the states. Folks in Missouri know how to take care of our land, water, and air better than any unelected bureaucrat in Washington.”

 

Smith is the fourth-generation owner of his family’s farm has seen first-hand how the EPA’s overreach hurts folks in the heartland. He called it “a war on rural America.”

 

“This agency is supposed to protect the environment, but all it seems to do is protect radical environmentalists and make life more difficult for Missourians. It’s outrageous,” he continued.

 

Smith has been critical of the EPA’s proposed Waters of the United States rule that attempts to assert more federal authority over private land. He has also spoken out against the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan which would drive up energy costs for rural America by demanding a massive reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

 

The stop at Missouri’s State Fair coincided with Smith’s 3rd Annual Farm Tour, which includes stops to all 30 counties in the Eighth Congressional District. Smith said that conversations with the farmers and ranchers who are so critical to keeping America’s rural economy moving are instrumental in advocating for his agriculture-rich district back in Washington. 

 

“Over and over they tell me that regulations from unelected bureaucrats are hurting Missouri farm families and threatening their livelihoods.  It’s time to let Missourians decide what’s best.”