Walker says EPA should be limited 'umbrella organization'
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should become an "umbrella organization," with most of its powers shifted to state regulators.
The Wisconsin governor discussed the idea in a story published Monday by the Washington Examiner and again with reporters following a campaign stop in Chicago.
Scaling back or eliminating the EPA has for years been a popular Republican policy proposal.
While Walker said he would not eliminate the EPA if elected president, he would shift its powers and resources to state environmental agencies such as Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources.
Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong says he will release more details about his plans in the coming months.