Manufacturers are awaiting the final rule from the Environmental Protection Agency on emissions from industrial boilers, aka the Boiler MACT rule. Monday was the deadline for EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to sign it.
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) cited the Boiler MACT rule in an op-ed she wrote for The Wetumpka Herald, recalling her arguments on the House floor:
As a member of the Agriculture Committee, I specifically discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Boiler MACT ruling, which places an unreasonable requirement on companies to upgrade their boilers and will likely lead to the loss of thousands of jobs across a wide range of industries.
This ruling is only one in a long line of troubling rule-making decisions by the EPA and other federal agencies.
Inconsistent and overly burdensome regulations that impede particular industries, discourage innovation, and eliminate jobs and businesses should be reversed, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to root out examples of this sort of government intrusion in the market.
EPA Administrator Jackson is in Ethiopia today, having earlier visited Kenya for multilateral and bilateral meetings. You know what could really help Ethiopia’s economy and people? More industrial boilers.
Last week’s House debate on H.R. 1 continued well into the early morning of Saturday, and we missed highlighting the big EPA-related news: The Housed voted 249–177 to block EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Also, as Industrial Info Resources reports: “The House budget bill would cut about $3 billion from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) operating budget, about 29% of the agency’s overall budget. The bill would prevent the EPA from implementing, administering or enforcing the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) on the Portland cement industry.”
Unable to distinguish between regulators and the subject of regulation, environmentalists are protesting the “assault on the environment.” From New America Media — not to be confused with The New American — an interview, “Sierra Club Head Warns: “Biggest Assault on the EPA in U.S. History.”
It’s an interview with Carl Pope. Funny, we thought the head of the Sierra Club was Michael Brune. Brune sure seems to be keeping a low profile. The rest of the leadership probably thinks he’s too radical, even for the Sierra Club.
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