Republican dream of EPA makeover no easy lift

By Robin Bravender, E&E reporter.

The Republican Party this week unveiled its latest plan to chip away at U.S. EPA.

Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland approved a platform Monday that calls for stripping EPA of much of its power and letting states take the lead in environmental regulation. EPA would then be turned into a "bipartisan commission" with limited authority.

While the plan lacks details, former top EPA officials say the scheme would involve a massive political lift, might lead to a patchwork of environmental policies across the country and could wind up hurting industries rather than helping them.