Use Continuing Resolution to Rein in EPA’s Regulatory Overreach

By February 17, 2011Energy, Global Warming

The National Association of Manufacturers today sent a letter to U.S. House members urging them to support amendments to pull back the reins on the Administration’s aggressive, excessive and expensive regulatory agenda on environmental issues, starting with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The letter was signed by Aric Newhouse, the NAM’s senior vice president for policy and government relations:

Dear Representative:

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states, supports efforts in the Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) and related amendments that would limit the federal government’s overreaching environmental regulatory agenda, which is costing jobs and economic growth.

As manufacturers – our nation’s job creators – recover from the recession, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed regulations that would hinder economic growth, cause further job loss and hurt our global competitiveness. For example:

  • The EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources has created tremendous uncertainty for manufacturers, could increase energy costs and has already deterred companies from expanding their operations in the United States.
  • Proposed new emission limits on industrial boilers are unachievable in practice and could cause the loss of hundreds of thousands of high-wage U.S. manufacturing jobs.
  • Regulating coal ash as a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) would increase energy costs for manufacturers, thus putting jobs at risk.

In addition, the Department of the Interior has issued new guidelines that have slowed the permitting process for offshore drilling activities and, as a result, have created a de facto moratorium on drilling in the Gulf. Not only does this hurt our access to domestic oil supplies, but it also has caused job loss for the energy industry and the manufacturers who supply products and equipment to drilling companies.

The NAM supports efforts to stem the tide of the federal government’s regulatory overreach in the environmental arena and give our nation’s job creators the assurance they need to expand their businesses and put Americans back to work.

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