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Rep. Tom Graves, Georgia Republican, proposed an amendment as a police rider on a $30.2 billion spending bill for natural resources agencies that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from garnishing wages to collect fines from Americans without a court order. Some Republican senators have demanded the EPA immediately withdraw the rule.

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Under Gina McCarthy, The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency is considering a ban on certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in many industrial and consumer products, as part of the Obama administration's climate change efforts. The Clean Air Act allows the agency to restrict certain pollutants if there are available alternatives, though no HFC alternatives have been suggested. (Associated Press)

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said the agency is considering a ban on certain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), used in many industrial and consumer products, as part of the Obama administration's climate change efforts. The Clean Air Act allows the agency to restrict certain pollutants if there are available alternatives, though no HFC alternatives have been suggested. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on EPA's plan to collect fines through garnishment without judicial review by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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In a letter opposing the EPA's attempt to garnish the paychecks of polluters, Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, said while he understands the EPA's desire to efficiently collect debt, he was concerned it would give them too much power over citizens. (Associated Press)

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In a letter opposing the EPA's attempt to garnish the paychecks of polluters, Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, said while he understands the EPA's desire to efficiently collect debt, he was concerned it would give them too much power over citizens. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on EPA's plan to collect fines through garnishment without judicial review by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Under Gina McCarthy, The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

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Under Gina McCarthy, The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

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Under Gina McCarthy, The EPA has been flexing its regulatory muscle, collecting more fines and hitting individuals with penalties for violating environmental rules. (Associated Press)

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A presentation prepared in 2010 for then-EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson made clear that a pre-emptive veto "had never been done before in the history" of the Clean Water Act and could risk litigation. (Associated Press)

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The Environmental Protection Agency's Region 8 headquarters in Denver (epa.gov)

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EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told testified on Capitol Hill that she has never tried to obstruct oversight of her agency. (Associated Press)

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EPA administrator Gina McCarthy told testified on Capitol Hill that she has never tried to obstruct oversight of her agency. (Associated Press)

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The Environmental Protection Agency's Region 8 headquarters in Denver (epa.gov)

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The Environmental Protection Agency's Region 8 headquarters in Denver (epa.gov)

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National Edition Opinion cover for June 23, 2014 - Pushback on new EPA regulations (Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times)

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EPA Pulls the Plug Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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EPA Pulls the Plug Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times