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Republicans say the Environmental Protection Agency erred by not consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service in designing its so-called Clean Power Plan because the proposal almost surely will force the closure of coal-fired power plants and subsequently reduce the warm water Florida's manatees need to survive during cold winter months. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Bob Gibbs, Ohio Republican, questioned how the EPA can go forward with a rule expanding the reach of the Clean Water Act to ponds and ditches without knowing the breakdown of positive and negative public comments on the regulation. (ASsociated Press)

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EPA attack on America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy confers with an aide as she prepares to address the Natural Resources Committee session during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, standing with Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

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Illustration on EPA methane regulation by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Power Plant Getting Taxed More by the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Illustration on impending EPA regulatory takeover of U.S. "waterways" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on dismantling the EPA by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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EPA Imposing Expensive Green Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, asked the EPA's inspector general to sort out the missing message issue, saying that deleting the messages appears to break the EPA's own policy.

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EPA Weeds Attacking Coal Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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EPA Weeds Attacking Coal Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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The EPA, headed by Gina McCarthy, says strontium, which can reduce bone strength among those deficient in calcium, is the latest contaminant to be targeted under the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. (Associated Press Photographs)

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Illustration on the EPA's harming of the low-income, minority and elderly by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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EPA Destroys Coal Industry Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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National Edition Opinion cover for August 4, 2014 - When emergency strikes, the EPA is a wrong number (Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times)

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Retired coal miner Stanley Sturgill of Harlan County, Kentucky, testifies that coal fired power plants are a danger to public health, on the first of two days of public hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, in Denver, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. In hearings, hundreds of people across the country are telling the EPA its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Sierra Club volunteer Alex Burke organizes signs to hand out near the local Environmental Protection Agency offices, on the first of two days of public hearings held by the EPA on President Barack Obama's plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, in Denver, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. In hearings, hundreds of people across the country are telling the EPA its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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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)