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“YES” on H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act.
October 4, 2011
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act. Introduced by Rep. Griffith (R-VA), this bipartisan bill grants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) additional time to develop achievable, prudent rules to govern emissions from non-utility boilers and incinerators.
H.R. 2250 responds to the EPA’s rushed regulatory processes, which resulted in overly burdensome strictures that could have tremendously negative impacts on businesses. In formulating the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards for boilers, the EPA calculated emissions levels on each type of pollutant, rather than the aggregate. As a result, none of the best-performing boilers could achieve the new standards, forcing the EPA to admit its failure to “calculate standards that fully reflected operational reality.” This and a host of other technical and statutory errors led the EPA to seek court approval to extend the deadline for issuing rules, a petition that was ultimately denied.
H.R. 2250 would provide the EPA with 15 months to re-propose and finalize new rules as well as extend compliance deadlines from 3 to at least 5 years. Such common-sense measures will allow the EPA the latitude necessary to formulate workable rules and provide businesses a measure of certainty – a win-win for taxpayers and the economy.
Roll call votes on the EPA Regulatory Relief Act will be significantly weighted in our annual Rating of Congress and a “YES” vote will be considered the pro-taxpayer position.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Government Affairs Manager Brandon Greife at (703) 683-5700