New York state Republicans are considering a bill that would limit the ability of the Trump administration to set regulations governing environmental issues, including water quality, air quality, and air pollution.
Republican senators from the state’s 6th congressional district introduced the legislation on Wednesday, saying the Trump Environmental Protection Agency has been misusing its power and usurping its authority.
“The Trump administration has taken unprecedented actions that are putting the health of the American people and the environment at risk, and now that we have more evidence of that, it is incumbent on the president and the Republican Congress to stop them,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney.
“This bill is a step forward to protect the American environment and the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”
Sweeney said the legislation would be introduced in the statehouse this week and sent to the governor’s desk.
It would require that any proposed rules be reviewed by the governor within 10 days, or if it is approved, the regulations could go into effect immediately.
The bill would also require the EPA to publish a list of any proposed rule changes within five days of publication.
The EPA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration do not have to publish such a list.
The bills was introduced by state Senator Michael McGuire, a Republican from the 6th district, and Senator Peter Shumlin, a Democrat from the same district.
The legislation is expected to be considered by the full Senate this week.
It has been a longstanding Republican effort to restrict the power of the EPA, which is charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the United States.
New York has been on the brink of a major oil spill since January, when a huge oil well broke off the side of a highway and spilled a large amount of oil into a lake in the Catskills region of the state.
In response to the spill, the EPA issued several rules aimed at limiting the spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.
The state legislature passed the legislation in response to an EPA directive in February that mandated the agency publish a complete list of all proposed environmental rules and regulations in the next five days.
That list included proposals for the release of more than 5,000 pages of environmental impact statements and a requirement that the EPA not take action that could threaten public health or the environment, such as the release or disposal of hazardous substances.
In September, New York became the first state to pass a law to prevent the EPA from issuing regulations that would set deadlines for environmental assessments.
The move was backed by the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group that represents oil and gas companies.