Last Friday, I testified at a House Committee on Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on the Spruce Mine in Logan County, West Virginia, and the impact the EPA’s retroactive veto of Clean Water Act permits for that project had on manufacturers. EPA’s 2011 decision to renege on Spruce Mine’s validly-issued 2007 permit sent shock waves through a wide range of manufacturing sectors, who receive 60,000 of these permits each year and condition $220 billion worth of investment annually on issuance of these permits.
My testimony addressed the uncertainty the EPA’s after-the-fact veto could have caused for manufacturers had it not been vacated by a federal court two months ago. I also discussed EPA’s broader water policy agenda and the concerns manufacturers have with some of EPA’s more recent Clean Water Act regulations and guidance. A copy of my testimony can be found here.
Ross Eisenberg is vice president of energy and resources policy, National Association of Manufacturers.