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The EPA is among the government agencies planning to furlough some of its staffers as a result of the sequester cuts that went into effect March 1. EPA furloughs are planned through September. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The EPA is among the government agencies planning to furlough some of its staffers as a result of the sequester cuts that went into effect March 1. EPA furloughs are planned through September. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Gina McCarthy stands on stage in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 4, 2013, as President Obama announced he would nominate McCarthy to head the EPA. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Gina McCarthy stands on stage in the East Room of the White House in Washington on March 4, 2013, as President Obama announced he would nominate McCarthy to head the EPA. (Associated Press)

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“This EPA mandate [on stormwater] would have been expensive, cumbersome and incredibly difficult to implement,” argued Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. (Associated Press)

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President Obama announces in the East Room of the White House in Washington March 4, 2013, he will nominate, Gina McCarthy to head the EPA; MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz for Energy Secretary; and Walmart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Budget Office. (Associated Press)

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President Obama announces in the East Room of the White House in Washington March 4, 2013, he will nominate, Gina McCarthy to head the EPA; MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz for Energy Secretary; and Walmart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Budget Office. (Associated Press)

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“This EPA mandate [on stormwater] would have been expensive, cumbersome and incredibly difficult to implement,” argued Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. (Associated Press)

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Gina McCarthy stands on stage in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 4, 2013, as President Barack Obama announced he would nominate McCarthy to head the EPA. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama announces his choices (from left) of MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz for energy secretary, Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency, and Wal-Mart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the Office of Management and Budget during a ceremony Monday in the East Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

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President Obama announces in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, March 4, 2013, that he will nominate (from left) Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz for secretary of energy, Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; and Wal-mart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the White House Office of Management and Budget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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**FILE** Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson gestures during an interview April 17, 2012, with The Associated Press at the agency's Washington headquarters. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson gestures during an interview April 17, 2012, with The Associated Press at the agency's Washington headquarters. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama talks with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson on Jan. 10, 2012, at EPA headquarters. (Associated Press)

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“It was not a partisan undertaking,” said Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican who is running for governor, of his successful challenge of the EPA. “This really would have allowed them to take a club to our economy.” (Associated Press)

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“It was not a partisan undertaking,” said Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican who is running for governor, of his successful challenge of the EPA. “This really would have allowed them to take a club to our economy.” (Associated Press)

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Illustration EPA Human Experiments by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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The EPA is preparing a report on environment aspects of “fracking,” a method of drilling for natural gas and oil that has been a boon for many communities. (Associated Press)

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The EPA is preparing a report on environment aspects of “fracking,” a method of drilling for natural gas and oil that has been a boon for many communities. (Associated Press)

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson gives an interview to The Associated Press at the agency's headquarters in Washington on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (Associated Press)