Letter to the Editor: EPA overreach? 

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Dear Editor:

I am glad to see Congress getting back to work after their three-week “vacation”. I was especially happy to read the article in the Gila Herald about the $33.4 million to secure a reliable water supply for our tribes. We owe our Senators, especially a debt of gratitude. 

I have also read recently that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a dearth of new regulations that will greatly affect us across the state of Arizona. Many of the new regulations take aim at chemicals used in the production of everything from semiconductors to electric vehicles and the parts used in these vehicles. 

Arizona has a growing industry around the production of these products, which incidentally will help the country move toward a greener and more sustainable future. The EPA’s regulations are meant to help keep our environment healthy but could well have the opposite effect if it hampers these manufacturing industries. Congress needs to provide the EPA with strong oversight and ensure the EPA is truly looking at the whole picture, not just the short-term effects of its actions. 

Dave Walker – Safford