Hudson Blocks EPA from Regulating Backyard Grills

July 8, 2015
Contact: Tatum Gibson (202) 225-3715
Hudson Blocks EPA from Regulating Backyard Grills
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Last night, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson’s (NC-08) amendment to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using taxpayer dollars to regulate residential propane grills unanimously passed the House.
To watch Rep. Hudson’s remarks in support of his amendment, click here.
Rep. Hudson’s remarks are below:
Mr. CHAIRMAN, I rise tonight to offer an amendment that would prohibit the EPA from regulating particulate matter emissions from residential barbecues.
As you may recall, last August the EPA issued a grant to ‘perform research and develop preventable technology that will reduce fine particulate emissions from residential barbecues.’
The EPA gets a lot of things wrong, especially with this preposterous study. For one thing, ‘barbecue’ is a term us southerners use to talk about the best pork in North Carolina or a community pig picking.
What they’re proposing is reducing emissions from residential propane grills, which means they want to stop you and I from grilling outside on our own property. By the way, propane is one of the most clean and efficient sources of energy out there.
Regulations that waste our time, money and resources are bad as it is, but they’re trying to go as far as restricting our personal freedom.
Mr. CHAIRMAN, this grant was met with staunch opposition from conservatives and other outdoor enthusiasts like myself. 
If this isn’t part of EPA’s larger goal of regulating grill emissions, then it begs the question why they’re wasting our hard-earned tax dollars on this mind-boggling study in the first place. 
We’ve seen overreaches by the EPA time and time again.  From their flawed ‘Waters of the U.S.’ regulation, to their disastrous Clean Power Plan that’s cap and trade by fiat, to their new ground level ozone regulations that would have a catastrophic impact on manufacturing in this country - but now they’re studying limiting emissions from residential grills. 
Enough is enough. 
Mr. CHAIRMAN, it’s summer. It’s grilling season. I urge my colleagues to support this amendment.
And with that, I reserve the balance of my time.” 
Rep. Hudson’s amendment to prohibit the EPA from using our tax dollars “to issue, implement, administer, or enforce any regulation of particulate matter emissions from residential barbecues” is added to the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2822), which the House is expected to vote on this week.
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