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“YES” on H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act.
October 4, 2011
NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act. Introduced by Rep. Sullivan (R-OK), this bipartisan bill grants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) additional time to develop rules that protect public health and the environment without doing harm to the cement industry.
Over the past year the EPA has issued several interrelated, highly complex, and overly burdensome standards for cement manufacturing facilities. According to the EPA’s own estimates, the adoption of just one of these rules will impose $2.2 billion in capital costs, lead to the possible idling of 12 plants, and cost up to 1,500 jobs. Furthermore, the regulations would inevitably trigger a dramatic increase in the national price of cement, which will inflate overhead costs at a crucial time for the construction industry.
The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act would grant the EPA 15 months to formulate and re-propose sensible and technologically achievable proposals. Moreover, the bill would extend compliance deadlines from 3 to at least 4 years in order to allow cement manufacturers adequate time to engage in the substantial capital investment that would be necessary to comply with the new rules without being forced to resort to layoffs or plant closures.
Roll call votes on H.R. 2681 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