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.




The Growing Burden of Unfunded EPA Mandates on the States report cover imageThe 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

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Truth in Regulating: Restoring Transparency to EPA Rulemaking
April 2015

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Charting Federal Costs and Benefits
August 2014

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Regulatory Reform: Improving Our Rulemaking Process 
December 2013

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Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Close Doors
May 2013

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

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

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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., 02/27/2017
E.g., 02/27/2017

TO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

RE: Comments of the NAAQS Implementation Coalition of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's "Implementation of the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Nonattainment Area Classifications and State Implementation Plan Requirements: Proposed Rule"; 81 Fed. Reg. 81276 (Nov. 17, 2016); Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2016-0202.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:45am

Dear Representative Sinema:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds you and the original cosponsors of H.R. 978, the “Regulatory Improvement Act,” for your leadership on regulatory reform issues. Moreover, we salute your collective efforts to ensure that regulatory reform is a bipartisan effort.

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 10:30am


RE: Request for 120-Day Extension of Comment Period Relating to Proposed “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA § 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry,” 82 Fed. Reg. 3,388 (Jan. 11, 2017); Docket No. EPA-HQ-SFUND-2015-0781; RIN 2050-AG61.

Dear Ms. McCabe, Mr. Minoli and Mr. Benton:

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 4:45pm

"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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 3:30pm
Press Release

From Maine to California, Industry Groups and Chambers of Commerce Ask Senate Leadership to Take Up the Regulatory Accountability Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a letter sent last night to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a broad cross-section of America’s business community urged the lawmakers to take up and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA).

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 8:00am

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Democratic Leader Schumer:

The undersigned 616 groups from each of the 50 states strongly urge you to consider and pass the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), to be introduced by Senator Portman. The RAA recently passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 238-183, and now we urge you to do the same. We believe that federal regulations should be narrowly tailored, supported by strong and credible data and evidence, and impose the least burden possible, while implementing congressional intent.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 5:15pm

Dear Secretary Chao,

Congratulations on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Given the focus of President Trump and his administration on eliminating and controlling excessive regulations, the organizations below wish to bring to your attention a particularly egregious case of regulatory overreach advanced in the final days of the prior administration, which many of the undersigned groups raised during the notice and comment process.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:00pm