Monday, February 22, 2016

Jackley: states better at protecting environment than EPA

Sometimes, even blue states like Massachusetts have to be dope-slapped by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The United States Supreme Court [sic] is expected to decide next month whether or not it will hear the case involving the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who heads up the National Association of State Attorney’s General, says if the High Court were to rule on WOTUS, a 4-4 vote would favor those challenging the rule. He says states have done a better job protecting the environment than the EPA. [WNAX]
South Dakota is one state that has completely fallen down on protecting the environment.

So-called 'Americans for Prosperity' a Koch-funded group with a lobbyist based in Sioux Falls signaled to legislators that they will lose campaign funding from the Kochs unless they act to reverse the progress the US Environmental Protection Agency has made in South Dakota.

Unfortunately, in South Dakota, the Department of Ecocide and Natural Ruination (DENR) is governed by those same offenders and therefore effectively neutered.

When Republican domination is literally deadly to wildlife and humans alike maybe it's time for a little hope and change.


  1. Jackley is an idiot. SD state law forbids any regulation tougher than EPA regulation. That means state regulation is EPA regulation. The fool can't even read SD statutes.

    I had first hand experience with DENR's lack of will to regulate mines under the NPDES of the Clean Water Act. EPA was deciding to regulate leach mines under NPDES (after being sued by Technical Information Project and Atlantic States Legal Foundation) and Pirner and Tollefsrud tried desperately to get them to back off. States simply haven't been able to adequately regulate much of anything.

    1. Jackley is a partisan first and a public servant second. How has Wisconsin environmental law been threatened by Scott Walker?

      Thank you for your perspective.

    2. DNR here has been gutted and emasculated. We're turning into South Dakota in so many ways. Sad. It will take a generation to reverse the damage done by Scott Walker. At least the water privatization bills have not passed this year.

    3. ""The Shiga toxin producing genes are also found in Rapid Creek, but not in every sample," said Professor Lisa Kunza:" KOTA.


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