- To examine how environmental advocacy groups and federal agencies regulate through consent decrees using citizen lawsuit provisions in environmental laws.
- To discuss these lawsuits’ impact on businesses and landowners, as well as potential long-term solutions.
- The Administrative Procedure Act (APA) ensures notice, comment, transparency, and stakeholder involvement in the development of new environmental regulations.
- In the “sue and settle” process, federal agencies and environmental advocacy groups enter into legally binding settlements that create and prioritize agency obligations, bypassing the intent of APA.
- Settlement negotiations are not only confidential and non-adversarial, but groups suing can also recover large attorney fees financed by taxpayers.
Witnesses and testimonies
|Mr. William Kovacs||Senior Vice President, Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs||U.S. Chamber of Commerce||Document|
|Ms. Darcy Helmick||Simplot Livestock Co.||Grand View, Idaho||Document|
|Mr. Kent Holsinger||Holsinger Law, LLC||Denver, Colorado||Document|
|Mr. Justin Pidot||Environmental and Natural Resources Law||Denver, Colorado||Document|
|Subcommittee Chairmen Farenthold and Palmer Opening Statements||Document|