Gorsuch’s mother tried to dismantle the EPA under Reagan

Gorsuch’s mother tried to dismantle the EPA under Reagan
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[Ed. – Gee, she says that like it’s a bad thing.]

Anne Gorsuch—whose son has just been nominated by President Trump for the Supreme Court—was administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1981 to 1983, under Ronald Reagan. And much like Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA nominee, she wanted to rip the agency apart.

Anne Gorsuch slashed EPA’s budget by 22 percent and aggressively rolled back clean air and clean water rules and other protections. A lawyer herself, she apparently did not like to see the legal system used to protect the environment: “In the first year of the Reagan administration, there was a 79 percent decline in the number of enforcement cases filed from regional offices to EPA headquarters, and a 69 percent decline in the number of cases filed from the EPA to the Department of Justice,” a House staffer told Grist in 2004.

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