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Environment

The Chamber strongly supports continued environmental improvements, including sensible approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We believe that economic growth and environmental progress are not mutually exclusive goals. In fact, the United States is the only major country that has actually and substantially reduced its C02 emissions while continuing to grow our economy. To make further progress, we should be guided by what has already worked: gains in efficiency, new technologies, and the increased use of natural gas and renewable fuels.

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Our Position

A technology-based approach to environmental progress that focuses on becoming more energy efficient and lowering the cost of alternatives plays to America's strengths in innovation. Conversely, a heavy-handed regulatory approach that smothers the U.S. economy in massive costs, puts people out of work, and hands an economic advantage to U.S. competitors is not an effective or viable environmental strategy.    

The Chamber supports commonsense policies that balance environmental improvement with economic growth. We:

  • Support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a comprehensive legislative solution that does not harm the economy, recognizes that the problem is international in scope, and aggressively promotes new technologies and efficiency.
     
  • Champion efforts by industry to develop energy-efficient and low-emissions technologies and export them to the developing world, where the bulk of new greenhouse gas emissions are expected to occur.
     
  • Oppose EPA efforts to regulate greenhouse gases under the existing Clean Air Act.
     
  • Urge Congress and the executive branch to use the full $80 billion available to the Energy Savings Performance Contracts program, an energy-efficient retrofit program for federal buildings that requires virtually no up-front taxpayer cost but that has been drastically underutilized. 
     
  • Wish to revitalize the Endangered Species Act to improve success in recovering species, and promote cooperative partnerships between the federal government and landowners to reduce the law's burden on local economies.
     
  • Want to help implement newly-passed laws modernizing energy and infrastructure project permitting by coordinating the review process among stakeholders and establishing a timeframe for decision making.  

 

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Issue Brief

The National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone is an outdoor air regulation established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Ground-level ozone is a gas that occurs both naturally and forms due to chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which are emitted from industrial facilities, power plants, vehicle exhaust, and chemical solvents.

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Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION

RE: Comments of the NAAQS Implementation Coalition of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "Treatment of Data Influenced by Exceptional Events: Proposed Rule"; 80 Fed. Reg. 72,840 (Nov. 20, 2015); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0572

The National Ambient Air Quality Standards ("NAAQS") Implementation Coalition submits these comments on the proposed rule of the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") on "Treatment of Data Influenced by Exceptional Events" ("Exceptional Events Proposal").

1 week 3 days ago
Letter

This letter was sent to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of S. 357, the "Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2015,” on which the Committee is holding a hearing this morning.

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Testimony

Steve Eule’s testimony before the House Science Committee scheduled for February 2nd on COP-21 Paris Climate Agreement.

Press Release

As part of its ongoing series of regulatory reports, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a new study today, titled “Regulatory Indifference Hurts Vulnerable Communities.” This study looks at the significant negative impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new air toxics standard, or Brick MACT, rule and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) proposed revisions to the silica permissible exposure limit (PEL) on American brick makers. Compliance with both of these rules at the same time will cost brick makers millions of dollars and devastate the already-threatened industry, where 75% of the companies are small businesses.

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Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION

RE: Comments of the NAAQS Implementation Coalition on the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS: Proposed Rule"; 80 Fed. Reg. 75,706 (Dec. 3, 2015); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500

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Comment

TO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20460

RE: Request for Extension of Comment Period for Draft Guidelines for Human Exposure Assessment; Docket No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0684; Fed. Reg. Vol. 81, No. 4 (Thursday, January 7, 2016)

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