Bush targets EPA rules in regulatory platform

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Most of the regulations former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) wants to repeal as president are environmental rules from President Obama.

Putting them in a list of “the most onerous Obama rules and regulations,” Bush said Tuesday that he would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) carbon rules for power plants, waters of the United States rule and coal ash disposal rule.

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The regulations from the Dodd-Frank banking law and the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rule are also on the list.

“Regulations are choking America’s economy, imposing an invisible tax of $1.9 trillion every year — that’s $15,000 per family,” the 2016 White House hopeful said in a post on this website.

“Think what America could be and the prosperity we could experience if we took off the shackles from government rules and rule makers,” he said. “My goal as president would be to set new, reasonable standards for the government agencies that issue rules that choke economic activity and opportunity.”

Bush also wants to require federal agencies to offset the regulatory costs of new rules with other rules that would save money, strengthen presidential power over regulations and set a two-year limit on federal permitting.

The carbon dioxide and water regulations are two of the Obama administration’s most controversial rules, and the Republican-controlled Congress has taken various steps aimed at stopping them.

The carbon limits seek to slash the power sector’s greenhouse gas output 32 percent, largely through improving or shutting down coal-fired power plants.

The waters of the United States regulation asserts federal government control under the Clean Water Act for small waterways like streams and wetlands.

The coal ash rule is far less controversial but Republicans have nonetheless moved to significantly weaken it. The regulation sets the first federal standards for how utilities store and dispose of coal ash, the harmful waste from burning coal for power.