New Bill Trims PA Gov’s Control over Environmental Quality Board

PA State Rep Cris Dush
PA State Rep Cris Dush

Republican members of the Pennsylvania legislature are tired of radical leftists like PA Gov. Tom Wolf and his Secretary of the Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) John Quigley running environmental policies in the state like dictators. So they’re attempting to remove some of the power they have by changing the Environmental Quality Board (EQB). The EQB is part of the DEP. Its role is to adopt new regulations proffered by the DEP. Essentially it’s a watchdog to ensure new regulations don’t become too onerous. But the EQB has been co-opted by Quigley and Wolf–witness the recent EQB vote to adopt onerous new regulations by Quigley & co. known as Chapter 78 and 78a of PA’s oil and gas law (see PA Board Adopts New Drilling Regs, PIOGA Blasts DEP “Deceptive”). So PA State Rep. Chris Dush is about to float a new bill and is looking for co-sponsors of the bill, a bill that will remove the DEP Sec. as the Chairman of the Board for the EQB. It also expands membership of the board to 23 members (up from 20) and doubles the number of members appointed by the House and Senate from four to eight. In other words, it’s time to reshuffle the EQB deck and give the executive branch less of say on the board…

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