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 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.
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.
Statement Prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Hearing, Washington, D.C., January 12, 2017
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposal on the “Implementation of the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Nonattainment Area Classifications and State Implementation Plan Requirements”
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:
"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.
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.
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:
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
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