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 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

Charting Federal Costs and Benefits report cover

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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In today’s information economy, Chamber members of all shapes and sizes communicate with employees, existing and potential customers, and business partners around the world.  They use data to spur sales and job growth, enhance productivity, enable cost-savings, and improve efficiency.  The collection and use of this data is under increased scrutiny from the Administration, Congress, and regulatory agencies.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 3:15pm
Report

"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, March 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Dr. Jeffery Morris
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

RE: Procedures for Prioritization of Chemicals for Risk Evaluation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (82 Fed. Reg. 4,825) (January 17, 2017); Docket Nos. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0636; FRL-9957-74; RIN: 2070-AK23

Dear Dr. Morris:

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:15pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Dr. Jeffery Morris
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

RE: Procedures for Chemical Risk Evaluation Under the Amended Toxic Substances Control Act (82 Fed. Reg. 7,562) (January 19, 2017); Docket Nos. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0654; FRL-9957-75; RIN: 2070-AK20

Dear Dr. Morris:

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:15pm
Comment

VIA ELECTRONIC FILING

TO: Dr. Jeffery Morris
Acting Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (7407M)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460-0001

RE: TSCA Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements (82 Fed. Reg. 4,255) (January 13, 2017); Docket Nos. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0426; FRL-9956-28; RIN: 2070-AK24

Dr. Morris:

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 4:15pm