Top Republican takes aim at EPA rules at budget hearing

By Devin Henry, The Hill. 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) criticized several Environmental Protection Agency rules during a Wednesday hearing, indicating lawmakers may consider targeting them in spending bills for the agency this year. 

During a hearing of a Senate subcommittee overseeing EPA funding, panel chairwoman Murkowski took aim the agency’s clean water rule, a proposed methane regulation and a funding request for implementing a climate change rule, all of which are major EPA priorities. 

"There is a concern that rather than focusing on its core mission of attending to and cleaning up the environment, the agency is pumping out rule after rule that are based on questionable legal authority," Murkowski said Wednesday at a hearing with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.