Flake marks 'Earth, Wind and Fire Week' at U.S. Capitol


Sen. Jeff Flake authored seven bills dealing with reducing the number of regulations the earth, wind and fire sectors have in Arizona and across the country.   File photo

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is helping oversee "Earth, Wind and Fire Week" at the U.S. Capitol, where he recently welcomed visiting leaders and voiced support for the passage of bills in these sectors.

The bills Flake authored deal with reducing the number of regulations the earth, wind and fire sectors have in Arizona and across the country. The events began Monday.

"Sen. Flake will be introducing a total of seven bills relating to land management policy, air quality and forest health," Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said. "The senator has given this week that moniker as a way of recognizing the unique challenges Arizona – especially rural Arizona – faces due to federal regulatory overreach in the environmental space."

During the week, Flake will introduce three bills regarding wind energy -- all of which the Arizona Chamber of Commerce strongly support. 

The first bill, Agency PAYGO for Greenhouse Gases Act, "ensures that the EPA provides an offset from its own budget before imposing the costs of greenhouse gas rules on other federal agencies and federal power-generating agencies," Hamer nsaid. 

The second bill, Commonsense Legislative Exceptional Events Reform Act, looks into regulations at the state and federal level, "making sure they are not in violation of federal air-quality standards due to naturally occurring events."

The third bill, the Ozone Regulatory Delay and Extension of Assessment Length Act, deals with reviewing and editing the current air quality rules and regulations. 

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