Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs

The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.

Reports

 

LATEST REPORT

The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States
August 2016



This new study from the U.S. Chamber, The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States, describes how the relationship between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the states has devolved into a system where states are forced to implement more and more federal environmental programs with progressively less money from federal sources.  If EPA continues on this path, it could force a collapse of co-operative federalism which would be a disaster for the administration of environmental law. 
 
The report unveils new research on federal-to-state funding levels, identifies prime examples of recent regulations stressing state environmental agencies, and offers specific recommendations to Congress that will preserve federal/state cooperation.

 

Regulatory Indifference Hurts Vulnerable Communities
February 2016

Truth in Regulating: Restoring Transparency to EPA Rulemaking
April 2015

Charting Federal Costs and Benefits
August 2014

Regulatory Reform: Improving Our Rulemaking Process 
December 2013

Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Close Doors
May 2013

Impacts of Regulations on Employment
Examining EPA’s Oft-Repeated Claims that Regulations Create Jobs
February 2013

EPA’s New Regulatory Front
Regional Haze and the Takeover of State Programs
July 2012

Project No Project
A Study on the Potential Economic Impact of Permitting Challenges Facing Proposed Energy Projects
March 2011

 

 

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The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 01/21/2017
E.g., 01/21/2017
Letter

Dear Senator Grassley and Representative Collins:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports H.R. 469 and S. 119, the “Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act” and thanks you for introducing this important legislation. The Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act would help address the abusive “sue and settle” process that allows special interest groups to use lawsuit settlements to take effective control of an agency’s agenda and regulatory priorities.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 3:30pm
Press Release

Bradley: ‘We have to get these rules right’

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today praising House passage of H.R. 5, which includes the Regulatory Accountability Act: 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Report

What is Sue and Settle?

"Sue and Settle" refers to when a federal agency agrees to a settlement agreement, in a lawsuit from special interest groups, to create priorities and rules outside of the normal rulemaking process.  The agency intentionally relinquishes statutory discretion by committing to timelines and priorities that often realign agency duties.  These settlement agreements are negotiated behind closed doors with no participation from the public or affected parties.

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 3:30pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Mr. James Jones
Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Attn: 7101M
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460-0001

RE: Request for Nominations: Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (81 Fed. Reg. 89092) (December 9, 2016); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0713

Mr. Jones:

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 12:15pm
Letter

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports H.R. 5, which includes the Regulatory Accountability Act, and may consider including votes on, or in relation to, H.R. 5 in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

The Chamber commends the House for acting on regulatory reform legislation so early in the 115th session, and for bringing H.R 5, which also includes important provisions related to small businesses, to the floor.

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 5:45pm
Press Release

As the House begins consideration of numerous regulatory reform measures, the below quote can be attributed to William Kovacs, U.S. Chamber senior vice president of Environment, Technology and Regulatory Affairs:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 6:15pm
Comment

TO: Christopher Lieske
Office of Transportation and Air Quality
Assessment and Standards Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2000 Traverwood Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Submitted electronically to www.regulations.gov

RE: Comments on EPA’s Proposed Determination on the Appropriateness of the Model Year 2022-2025 Light Duty Vehicle GHG Emissions Standards under the Midterm Evaluation (81 Fed. Reg. 87927) (December 6, 2016) Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0827-5937

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 4:45pm