"EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] insists it needs oversight authority to prevent a 'race to the bottom,' where jurisdictions compete with each other to lower environmental standards to attract new industries and keep existing businesses within their borders. Whatever the merits of these arguments as a general matter, EPA's distrust of state agencies is inconsistent with the [Clean Air] Act's clear mandate that States bear the primary role in controlling pollution . . . ."
Race to the bottom quotation (EPA vs. states' rights)
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