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EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track? James E. McCarthy Specialist in Environmental Policy Claudia Copeland Specialist in Resources and Environmental Policy December 30, 2016 Congressional Research Service 7-5700 www.crs.gov R41561 EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track? Congressional Research Service Summary Since Barack Obama was sworn in as President in 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed and promulgated numerous regulations to implement the pollution control statutes enacted by Congress. Critics have reacted strongly. Some, both within Congress and outside of it, have accused the agency of reaching beyond the authority given it by Congress and ignoring or underestimating the costs and economic impacts and overestimating the benefits of proposed and promulgated rules. The House conducted vigorous oversight of the agency in the 112th and 113th Congresses, and approved several bills that would overturn specific regulations or lim...