This afternoon the National Association of Manufacturers joined a large business coalition in filing petitions with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for an “en banc” rehearing of the cases against the Environmental Protection Agency (American Chemistry Council v. EPA and Coalition for Responsible Regulation, Inc. v. EPA) over the costly greenhouse gas regulations. Essentially the petitions ask the court for a new hearing before the entire court, not just the three judge panel.
The EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations are one of the most costly and burdensome regulations facing manufacturers. The regulations will allow the EPA the authority to go into businesses and dictate how they conduct their business and run their operations.
Under these regulations the EPA will eventually require new burdensome permitting requirements for more than 6 million stationary sources, including 200,000 manufacturing facilities, 37,000 farms and millions of other sources such as schools, universities, hospitals and even homes. Essentially these regulations will impact every aspect of our economy.
According to the latest NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers the unfavorable business climate due to regulations and taxes is the top concern of manufacturers. The EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations directly contribute to this uncertainty.
Ross Eisenberg is vice president of energy and resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers.