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GAO Senate Testimony, Report Debunk Republican Criticism of Environmental Lawsuits


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GAO Senate Testimony, Report Debunk Republican Criticism of Environmental Lawsuits

WASHINGTON - In a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee, Alfredo Gómez of the Government Accountability Office testified today that lawsuits from environmental groups have a limited impact on the EPA's funding and priorities, but do force the agency to meet legal deadlines to take actions such as, among other things, setting air-quality standards that protect public health. The testimony directly contradicts politically driven assertions by congressional Republicans that environmental lawsuits are impeding the work of EPA and other federal agencies.

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