The effort by a dozen states to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over the so-called “sue and settle” tactic employed by environmental groups has received some press in the national media recently. Click here.
Western Growers has been beating the drums about this issue for at least three years. In fact, WG President and CEO Tom Nassif has presented testimony on the subject before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on April 19, 2011 in Salinas. In his testimony Nassif said: “This is a defective way to make public policy as EPA and the environmental groups that sue it often work out the details of these settlement agreements without the farmers and agriculture industry at the table. To comply with the settlement agreements or injunctive orders from the court, the EPA and other agencies impose regulations without meaningful input from stakeholders, without considering the economic impact on the nation’s farmers or workers, and with little regard to the intent of Congress when the law was passed.”
Read Nassif’s oral testimony here.
House AG Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) was once interested in the “sue and settle” lawsuits brought by environmental groups against the EPA telling Western Grower & Shipper Magazine in 2011, “We’re seeing environmental groups use the courts to twist laws against American farmers and agricultural production. This so-called ’sue-and-settle’ strategy is resulting in policy decisions being made by activists, bureaucrats and lawyers without consideration for what’s best for American agriculture.”
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