BISMARCK, N.D. – Congressman Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in West Virginia, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency. In a 6-3 decision, the court sided with the petitioners, including the state of North Dakota, that the EPA acted outside its congressionally authorized authority by issuing significantly overreaching rules.
“This decision confirms that the power to implement policies that keep our air and water clean should be held by the states, not the federal government. Burdensome federal regulations stifle energy production and are expensive for consumers, hostile to America’s energy producers, and undermine reliable baseload power.
North Dakota was one of the plaintiffs in this case, and this result is in large part due to the tireless advocacy of our late Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, and now Attorney General Drew Wrigley. Wayne was a champion for North Dakota, and we are still receiving the benefits of his leadership,” said Congressman Armstrong.
In December 2021, Armstrong joined 47 senators and 43 House members on an amicus curiae brief in support of the petitioners.