Kansas Attorney General-elect Derek Schmidt announced this week that his office will keep an eye on any environmental regulations coming from the federal government that might exceed federal authority.
The Republican Schmidt takes office next month. He said, “I think we’re in a period of time here where it’s going to be important for states’ legal representatives to keep an eye on the federal administrative process related to the whole range of environmental energy regulations and raise concerns when it’s warranted.”
Schmidt and other critics are concerned new rules set to take effect January 2nd will require farmers and others in agriculture to make significant modifications to their operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Joining Schmidt in his concern about federal intrusion is Republican Governor elect Sam Brownback. Schmidt said he would work with the Brownback administration to determine what legal action is necessary to prevent EPA regulations from harming state and business interests.